A new series that debuted just last year, Demigods is one of the Mint of Poland and Numiartis’ superb ancient mythology ranges. The series looks at the heroes of ancient legend – the warriors with the blood of the gods coarsing through their veins. Achilles, the Greek hero with the vulnerable heel, was the subject of the 2018 coin, and Perseus features on this second issue.
Perseus was the son of Zeus and the mortal Danaë, as well as the half-brother and great-grandfather of Heracles. The founder of Mycenae and the Perseid Dynasty, Perseus was considered the greatest of the Greek heroes before Heracles. He is famous for rescuing Andromeda from the sea monster Cetus, and for beheading the Gorgon Medusa – the subject of this coin. Medusa was a snake-haired female whose eyes turned people to stone if you looked into them. Perseus killed her by using a polished shield to view her reflection.
The polished shield is represented on the coin by a mirror effect silicon insert – a great touch. The rest of this rimless, ultra-high-relief coin is antique finished. The design as seen in these renders looks absolutley first class. Packed with fine detail and with an exciting pose for the characters, this is one of the best designs we’ve yet seen and even better than the 2018 issue, in our view.
As is the norm for these releases, we only have renders at present and the finished article will ship in May. Without exception, we’ve never been disappointed by the transition from render to reality, and we’re expecting this one to be no different. We will of course take another look at this one when real-world images are available. The mintage is set at 650 pieces. Another fine release.