The first Tribal Spirit coin features that most fearsome of the Native American tribes, the Comanche. In these days of woke reimagining of the past, it’s easy to see the Comanche as simply a persecuted group, almost wiped out by the European settlers, but the truth is, these were a proud and brutal people, The Comanche lived to hunt, and they lived to fight, fully integrating the horse into their culture, after its introduction by the Spanish.
Torture, massacre, and extreme violence were all tools of the trade for the five main Comanche bands, and they were constantly in conflict with other tribes, having a particular hatred for the Apache, and the Pawnee, amongst others, almost wiping out the Apache. They built an empire of over 250,000 square miles, successfully resisting the French and the Spanish, both huge empires at the time. It was British settlers, later the American government, that finally broke them, after a 40-year war with Texas.
The coin is a superb encapsulation of that spirit, certainly the point of the coin, depicting a Comanche chief smoking a pipe, while mounted warriors charge in the background. A neat background pattern rounds it all out. There’s some beautiful detailing here, the chief in particular, looking quite sublime. A two-ounce silver coin, the lack of colour and gimmickry is very welcome, and this is a super debut for what could be an intriguing series.