The puzzle coin genre is quite new, kicked off at about the same time by both Powercoin and Numiartis, and since also taken up by Precious Metal Collectors. Powercoin finished up their series, although recently revisited it with a five-ounce special, but now the other two have just announced new additions to their own ranges.
Numiartis have concentrated on famous works of art for inspiration, having already tapped into the works of Gustav Klimt, John Maler Collier, and Claude Monet. This time, it’s the super-iconic ‘The Scream’ by Edvard Munch. No stranger to the coin world, most recently by Mint XXI and Numiscollect, this is the first time it’s appeared in puzzle-style form.
PMC have added another to their celestial body range, following the Moon and the Earth with the hot topic of the moment, Mars. This one takes a different approach to Numiartis, in having a skin of silver over a much larger core of copper – a process that PMC uses extensively, and calls ‘Bi-Metal Max’. It works well, allowing the use of high-relief, even with a small amount of precious metal, although that isn’t really required here.
Both coins should be available to order now, and both are presented boxed with a Certificate of Authenticity