It was in November 2019 that Numiscollect debuted the first in its ‘Space: The Final Frontier’ series of astronomy coins. Starting out as big as they could, they went with ‘The Universe’ for the debut. This time around, we’ve dropped down to something a ‘mere’ 200,000 light years in diameter – the Milky Way.
These were always going to be difficult subjects to portray on a coin, even a three-ounce, 65 mm diameter one, but the Milky Way has a look that lends itself well to the canvas, and this is, in our view, a superior design to the first one. The spiral galaxy is very well rendered, utilising some subtle and well placed high relief to give it some body. The colour application is of the highest order, with none of that pixellated rubbish we still see too often on some other coins.
We’re particularly pleased that Numiscollect have kept this face free of inscriptions. They aren’t necessary and the unimpeded design thrives as a result. The obverse is a common one to the series, but is nicely covered with astronomical imagery, as well as the shield emblem of Palau. It’s all capped off with a slick black proof finish.
With a mintage capped at 333 pieces, it’ll be a relatively rare beast. It comes boxed with a Certificate of Authenticity, of course. It should be available to pre-order now, with shipping around the middle of the year.