Just as we thought that the flood of ancient mythology coins was abating and leaving just a few of the best to carry on with the genre, we’ve seen a rush of new entrants to keep it busy. Just last week the first in a new Greek Gods series appeared for sale, this one depicting the god of war, Ares. Now it’s the turn of the Ancient Romans and their own extensive pantheon of deities with a companion series, starting with the king of them all, Jupiter.
As far as specification goes, it’s identical to the aforementioned Ares coin, with the exception of the gilded highlights. In fact, this new coin has a classic look with a complete absence of adornment or colour as well. Other than the seemingly obligatory antique finish, only Choice Mints Camelot series seemingly going a different route lately, the coin is a clean strike in silver. Like the Ares coin, we’ve only received CGI renders at present, a shame but quite typical of the low-mintage, high-end numismatic market.
Despite the lack of actual coin images, it’s clear that Jupiter has the potential to be a fine coin. We’re not expecting the relief to be quite as detailed and intricate as shown here, but the Mint of Poland’s track record is good enough to expect this to be a top-end strike. The design is a little reminiscent of the Legends of Asgard Odin coin, but manages to distinguish itself with a solid Greco-Roman look. The obverse is a great design. Featuring a column fronted temple at the bottom, and the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II at the top, it all sits on an interesting geometric pattern in the background. Inscriptions are in a small font and kept to a tight border that flows around 80% of the circumference of the coin. Only the inscription ROMAN GODS sits in the main design itself. Just a single inscription, JUPITER, is present on the reverse face, a welcome decision.
One of the mints premium wooden boxes will hold the 2 oz, 50 mm diameter fine silver coin and includes a Certificate of Authenticity. The collector of ancient mythology numismatics is spoilt for choice at the moment. Arguably the market is becoming saturated, but with the mintage’s of these being limited to 500 you could equally argue that overall numbers are about the same and the only thing that has increased is the number of choices. Either way the market will decide if it can accommodate so big a selection. For those that want to snap one up, both PowerCoin and First Coin Co. have them up for pre-order right now with shipments due to begin in late March. Again, if we get some actual images of the coin at Berlin, we’ll revisit this one and the Ares coin.