Despite sitting under an umbrella title of Archaeology & Symbolism, this stylish series of three-ounce silver coins from Dutch producer, Numiscollect, has nevertheless managed to inject a wide variety of subjects into its short life to date. Launching in 2018, we’re now at the fifth pair of issues. Previous coins have wandered from medieval Mesoamerica, to the ancient Far East, and onto the even more ancient world of the Egyptian Pharoahs
We’re back in Asia this time, more specifically the Buddhist world of Nepal and the surrounding region. The mandala is back in celebration of the deity Vasudhara, and is based on designs that were being passed around adherents of the religion over half a millennia ago. The centrally placed figure is classically Buddhist, and was designed to bring those that did not believe into the fold. Like all of the issues in this series, the coin reverse is crammed with intricate detail, made all the more impressive by the crisp and healthy levels of layered high relief, more expansive that earlier releases.
The coins in Archaeology & Symbolism are issued for one of two countries, either Mongolia or the Cook Islands. Mongolia likes coins issued in its name to have a link to the country, so this one and two others so far, all reference regional subjects. The other pair (Egypt and the Aztecs) come out under the banner of the more open Cook Islands and have a bit of series theming. It actually works well, giving the Asian coins a more coherent feel, as it’s a region with little modern association with the head of the Commonwealth. The other coins are for largely extinct cultures, so it’s less important.
Two variants of this huge (65 mm diameter) coin are on offer, each continuing the set mintage of the first four releases. An antique-finished version has a 333 mintage, while a gilded version caps out at just 99. Both come similarly boxed with a Certificate of Authenticity. As we said in our title, a very elegant series of coins and this one in particular, has an exemplary level of fine detail within it. If you have an interest in the regional culture, this would make a fine addition to a collection, but any coin collector should be happy to have an issue from this series.Available to order from today, it should ship, pandemic permitting, next February. Please check out our Coin Series Profile
of this impressive range.