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.