It’s fair to say the ancient world has been comprehensively mined for inspiration in the coin world, and with a standard of quality that’s sky-high. Such luminaries as CIT, Mint of Poland, Mint XXI, Numiscollect, and more, have issued some quite superb designs over the last few years, but equally, the genre has been blighted with many incomplete and abandoned series, ill-defined in scope, which leave collectors frustrated.
Today sees the debut of something that should have immense appeal to serious collectors who love this theme. Mint XXI has launched its ‘The Great Greek Mythology’ series, consisting of an ambitious 36 coins, to be released over a four-year period, with what looks to be three batches of three coins annually. It becomes even more interesting when you realise the series comprises a trio of different sizes – 1 oz, 2 oz, and 3 oz. Overall, if the chart we’ve seen is completely accurate and fixed, there will be 12 one-ounce coins, 19 two-ounce coins, and 5 three-ounce coins.
Despite the differences in weight, all the coins will feature impressive levels of high-relief, even the smallest of them, which sacrifices a little diameter to that relief, coming in at 32 mm, instead of the usual 40 mm. As you will see below, it’s well worth it. All will be antique-finished with gilded highlights, the two largest formats presented in wooden boxes, the smallest also boxed, but in a lighter weight material.
On the evidence of the three releases below, this should be a terrific series. The one-ounce coin is particularly impressive, keeping up with its larger brethren in terms of relief. Check out the angled real-world images, rather than the face-on product shots, to see them at their best. All are available to order today, from the usual Mint XXII dealers, or from Top World Coins, the mints affiliate dealer. A series to watch, with a pre-defined release schedule, choice of weights (and thus, cost), and Mint XXI’s usual top-notch production quality.