A great back story, which is brought to life in another beautiful entrant in this series. Using Smartminting, they have a distinctly unique artistic style in this genre – different fo the numerous Mint of Poland issues. Crisp, ultra-high relief is apparent all over the reverse face of this very pretty coin. Amaterasu is holding a decorated sword, perhaps meant to depict the Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi, the Grass Cutting Sword which is one of the three holy relics held by the Japanese Imperial family. There’s plenty to look at in the background, from Japanese architecture to symbolic imagery, but thankfully, an almost complete absence of superfluous inscriptions. If you’ve sensed a trend with my posts at AgAuNEWS, you’ll know that too many inscriptions on the main face of a coin are a pet hate of mine.
The obverse is a basic one, with just the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II and the issue details. The whole coin is antique-finished, with that elegant application that BH Mayer seem to do so very well. There’s no gimmickry here, just a top-tier piece of design and implementation as you would expect from Numiscollect. There’s a select group of European producers that are really firing on all cylinders this year, mixing ambition, elegance and quality strikes to take numismatics to new heights. Long may it continue.
Boxed, with a Certificate of Authenticity, it should be available to pre-order now, with shipping in the secnd quarter 2021, assuming no Coroney interference. If you’d like to see the other four coins in this series, and those in the various Numiscollect mythology ranges, check out our comprehensive guide to them. That reminds me, must update that. The work never ends 😉