For the first time, there are three variants on offer. The base version is antiqued as always, and there’s also the gilded variant (99 mintage), both of which have been in the series since its inception. However, in a very cool touch, 99 of the 333 antique coins are selectively coloured in the centre section. It’s particularly neat because the colour is based on an actual reproduction created from scientific analysis of pigment fragments still present in the artifact. Like the old Roman and Greek marbles, and the Egyptian temples, it’s a potent reminder that what we see today isn’t what they looked like when first created.
This series is unusual in being issued for two different countries. Asian themed coins seem to be released for Mongolia, with the rest for the Cook Islands. Coyolxauhqui is obviously the latter, and the composition includes the distinctive question mark, Zen garden background patterm, and the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.
Again, these are large diameter coins, reaching out to a healthy 65 mm across and come boxed with a Certificate of Authenticity. We’re going to describe this coin like we’ve described every release in this series to date – first class. It’s a terrific choice of subject, beautifully realised, and we actually love the coloured version for what it represents. You should be able to pre-order this one shortly, although it won’t ship for a few months yet. Whatever variant you choose, we can’t imagine any disappointment on arrival. Feel free to check out our Coin Series Profile of this impressive range.