Modern Numismatics International is the latest producer to launch a series of heavy antique-finish coins themed around ancient mythology and religion. Popularised by the Perth Mint a couple of years ago with the debut of its Zeus coin, the first in the Gods of Olympus series, the whole genre has blossomed into one of the biggest success stories in modern numismatics. Some superb coins have hit the market recently including Gainesvilles Odin, Scottsdales Biblical Stories, and the terrific Legends of Asgard coin from Choice Mint.
This new coin is the first in the ‘Choir of Angels’ series and depicts one of the most prominent Archangels, Metatron. It’s a close fit for the norm is this category, 2oz in weight (just over at 65g), antique-finish, high-relief, and with a mintage of 1,000. It differs slightly in having an insert on the reverse face, in this instance a green aventurine gemstone in a half-spherical shape. The artwork is intricate and quite dynamic, and the coin exhibits an impressive level of relief, almost at Legends of Asgard levels. Only the inscription METATRON is present on this face, the rest being uncluttered and allowing the artwork to breathe. All-in-all, a fine design, up there with the top tier of its type.
Packaging looks to be a decent quality wooden box, every bit of space on the lid being covered by a medieval-style piece of artwork, and holding a Certificate of Authenticity. The obverse is the usual effigy of Liz. Available to order now, prices are in the €160.00/$160.00US range, not hugely expensive for it’s type. A nice surprise.