Now this one was a surprise and a very pleasant one at that. Even a heathen like me can appreciate the rich legends that make up religious texts, and one of the biggies is the story of the Great Flood. Mostly associated with the Bible, the story of the Ark and the flood dates back to at least Mesopotamian times and may be based on even older oral tellings.
However, it’s the biblical version, complete with Noah, that has inspired Mint XXI’s new five-ounce silver coin. The central premise of the story is the saving of countless pairs of animals so that they can repopulate the world when the flood recedes. The coin shows us a plethora of species crammed onto the deck of the Ark, while a dove with an olive branch in its beak flies toward them from a mountain in the background.
What a terrific piece of numismatic art! The selection, placing and depiction of the animals is absolutely first class, and the subtle colouration works perfectly. It’s really hard to find anything to criticise, which is praise enough, we think. The obverse has a cleanly struck image of the Ark, literally a wall of timber, upon which is the effigy of QEII and the issue inscriptions.
The presentation is equally outstanding, with a wooden box styled to look like leather panels on the lid, along with a porthole so you can see the coin as if the animals were inside the ship. This one seems to be a real labour of love by the team at Mint XXI and they’ve done a first class job. Available to order now, just 299 pieces will be produced.