Mint XXI’s epic 36-coin Greek Mythology series releases its fifth wave with Hephaestus, Themis, and the Centaur

After the launch of four phases from when Mint XXI launched its ambitious new 36 coin ‘Greek Mythology’ in late 2022, we now get our fifth. Each phase is a mix of the three weights that make up the series, (1 oz, 2 oz, and 3 oz) and this time it is, again, one of each. As before, these are high-relief, antique-finished, and selectively gilded coins, taking us through the pantheon and creatures of the Ancient Greeks.

The three-ounce coin in Phase 5 is a quite sublime Hephaestus design, replete with neat touches. The texture of the clothing, the gilded lava, and the ‘Iron Man’ armour combine to make a first-class realisation of one of the more interesting characters. The mid-size coin features Themis, the goddess associated with justice, and she is depicted as a beautiful woman, carrying the scales of justice. Finally, the one-ounce coin depicts a Centaur, the half-man, half horse of legend, and despite being the smallest of the three, lacks nothing in design, or relief. We’ve always been particularly impressed with the smallest coins in this series, and this one is no exception. A fine trio again.

Packaging is unchanged, with a neat cardboard box for the smallest coin, and good quality etched wooden boxes for the bigger pair. All come with a Certificate of Authenticity. The wooden collector frames, each designed to hold 2 x 3oz, 4 x 2oz, and 3 x 1oz coins, come with one of the 3 oz coins within every third phase of issues, so four in total.

We’ve repeatedly trumpeted the quality of this series, and while the subject is one that is hardly under-represented in modern numismatics, we find it impossible to think negatively of such a tremendous programme of numismatic art. Those 36 coins will take some commitment and financial wherewithal to compile into a set, but for the lucky few, they will possess something special. Most will be happy to pick up their favourite few coins, or even one of them, and we encourage you to do so.


Hephaestus, in Greek mythology, is the enigmatic god of craftsmanship, blacksmithing, and fire. Often depicted as a skilled and diligent artisan, he was the son of Zeus and Hera, although his appearance and abilities were marred by a crippling deformity. Born lame and hunchbacked, Hephaestus faced rejection from his own mother, who cast him from Mount Olympus into the sea. Rescued by sea nymphs, he honed his skills in the underwater realm.

Despite his physical limitations, Hephaestus possessed unparalleled craftsmanship and technological expertise. He forged powerful weapons, including the famous thunderbolts wielded by Zeus and the armour of Achilles. His legendary workshop, located in the heart of the volcanic Mount Etna, was a hub of innovation and invention.

Hephaestus’s dual nature as both a god and an outcast reflects the complexity of human creativity. He serves as a symbol of the transformative power of adversity, proving that even the most marginalized can rise to greatness through their talents and perseverance.

THEMIS (2 oz)

Themis, in Greek mythology, is a compelling embodiment of divine order and justice. Often depicted as a goddess holding scales and a sword, Themis symbolizes the equilibrium and fairness essential to a just society. She is one of the Titans, the primordial deities who ruled before the Olympians.

Themis’ name itself signifies “divine law,” and her role was pivotal in maintaining order in the cosmos. As an oracle at Delphi, she dispensed wise counsel and foresight to seekers, and her prophecies were highly regarded. In the realm of justice, Themis played a crucial part in the Greek pantheon. Her scales represented the balance required in decision-making, while her sword represented the swift and impartial nature of punishment. Themis reminds us that justice is not only about retribution, but also about upholding righteousness and fairness.

CENTAUR (1 oz)

Centaurs are mythical creatures that have fascinated human imagination for centuries. These enigmatic beings are often depicted as a combination of human and horse, with the upper body of a human and the lower body of a horse. In Greek mythology, centaurs were said to be born from the union of the cloud nymph Nephele, and the mortal Ixion, making them a unique hybrid species.

They have been portrayed in various ways throughout history, representing a complex blend of both human and animal traits. They are often depicted as wild and unruly beings, associated with revelry and drunkenness. However, some stories also depict centaurs as wise and noble creatures, skilled in the art of healing and archery.

Centaurs have appeared in numerous ancient myths and epic tales, often playing significant roles in the stories they inhabit. Their duality as both human and animal highlights the eternal struggle between civilization and primal instincts, making them enduring symbols in the realm of mythology and fantasy.

DENOMINATION 1,000 Francs CFA (Cameroon) 2,000 Francs CFA (Cameroon) 3,000 Francs CFA (Cameroon)
COMPOSITION 31.1 grams of 0.999 silver 62.2 grams of 0.999 silver 93.3 grams of 0.999 silver
DIMENSIONS 32.0 mm 50.0 mm 55.0 mm
FINISH Antique Antique Antique
MODIFICATIONS High-relief, gilding High-relief, gilding High-relief, gilding
MINTAGE 500 500 333
BOX / C.O.A. Yes / Yes Yes / Yes Yes / Yes