We’ve had a period of a few years now, where video game themed coins have garnered no small amount of popularity, so much in fact, that we felt compelled to produce one of our comprehensive Thematic Guides to the genre. The New Zealand Mint (of course!), APMEX, and LPM Group have all issued multiple designs, some excellent, but out of nowhere, the Mint of Gdańsk has joined in. I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a dozen times, I will never get my head around the whole licencing schtick.
In typical Mint of Gdańsk style, this is a rimless, high-relief, two-ounce silver coin, and although it has an antique-finish, it’s predominantly coloured on the main face with UV fluorescent ink. It certainly captures the spirit of these very cool games, although the colour choice does limit contrast, and thus the overall readability of the design. We suspect this will be reversed when the UV ink is doing its job, and the design will come to life.
The obverse is dull and very basic, unusual for this producer, but licencing does bring with it many restrictions. Just 500 will be struck, and it will come boxed with a certificate. It is good to see this kind of coin format come to this genre, which has tended towards the lower end, no doubt to satisfy the younger, and less affluent market. The angled image below suggests the coin is a very high quality production, worthy to stand alongside this producer’s other works. Available to order now, it is scheduled to ship in late September.
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