It appears that ‘Slavic Gods’ isn’t going to be the only facet of Eastern European mythology showcased by the Mint of Poland as today, they’ve released a new coin looking at other aspects of it. Indeed, Skarbek, the Spirit of the Coalmine isn’t one of the more widely known myths and it’s great to see something original like this for a change.
In many respects, this coin follows the tried and tested two-ounce, antique-finished formula that has helped earn the Mint of Poland a reputation in the top tier, but it remains one of their less ambitious designs in terms of minting technique. It is a pretty neat piece of work, however, with the spirit perfectly placed within its habitat. There’s a lot of fine detail all over and the charcoal application at the bottom enhances the sense that this is a coal mine, rather than, for example, a gold mine. It also helps with lhe sense of depth, essentially forming a foreground layer.
The spirit is holding a lamp, which is highlighted by a piece of inset yellow amber. Again, it’s well incorporated into the design, even if it isn’t our favourite addition to coins like these.All told, we actually like this one. It isn’t up there with the mints top tier mythology stuff, and the basic obverse is a missed opportunity given the mints track record, but we love the esoteric subject choice – a welcome change from another Odin coin.
This one is put out directly by the mint and should start appearing at dealers very shortly. As you can see below, it comes with a nice box and a C.O.A. and has a mintage of 500 pieces. We get the impression from the release info that this is a one-off rather than a series, but given the rich variety of such legends in the region, we’d not be surprised to see another one.