One of the premiere mythology series on the market today, and one of the first, Mythical Creatures is an annual coin series from German producer Numiartis in conjunction with industry legends, Coin Invest Trust. The first coin debuted to much acclaim in late 2013 and featured the Werewolf. Struck in two ounces of fine silver, the signature element of this one was a moon insert made from a piece of white marble. The following year saw a Vampire coin with a bat formed from black marble and that was itself followed by a Medusa coin last year.
This fourth coin has moved away from a marble insert for the first time, instead choosing to go with a classic ultra high-relief strike and employing CIT’s ground-breaking SmartMinting techniques. The end result is a powerful looking coin, depicting a muscled Minotaur holding a double-headed axe and standing in the famous labyrinth. The strike seems to display an extraordinary amount of dimensionality, enhanced by a gilded and patterned ring surrounding it. The date (2016) and title (MINOTAUR) are inscribed on this face, along with a small series graphic that’s been present since the beginning.
Issued for the West Pacific island nation of Palau, the obverse carries their attractive shield emblem along with the rest of the expected coin inscriptions. A fine quality windowed coin box holds this impressive new issue and that, along with a certificate of authenticity, sits inside a themed outer shipper. If last years issue is any indicator, we’d expect this to be in the €250-300 range when it goes up for pre-order shortly. Shipping should begin in November, just in time for the holidays. Like before, just 999 of these will be struck. With this and the Mint of Poland’s excellent minotaur release, collectors have a fine choice of design from which to pick. If you want this coin, keep an eye on the usual places and Intercoins-Berlin, the sister company of Numiartis who will of course, stock the coin.