It was just six weeks ago that we were applauding the Mint of Gdańsk for its latest Roman Gods coin, which was a significant step-up in quality from the two earlier releases. Now, after a years’ hiatus, another of their series, ‘Great Commanders’ returns, with an equal jump. There have been two issues in this series to date, one every two years, and each follows a common theme and layout.
The reverse face carries a dynamic battle scene, packed with detail and high-relief, while the obverse has upon it a campaign map, showing the route each commander took on their most famous route. The first coin featured Spartacus, while the second the equally famous Spartan, Leonidas. Now we head East to the genius behind the rise of the Mongol Empire, Temujin, or Genghis Khan.
Straight up, the coin is gorgeous. In a single scene it manages to capture the brutality and chaos of the Mongol charge, while still keeping focus on the central figure – Genghis Khan. It’s another one of those designs that is packed in all over the coin face, exhibiting a fine sense of depth and fine detail. The antique finish is very nicely done, and the red gilding, although a little bright, certainly enhances the sense of brutality on show.
The obverse has always been a highlight of this series. So many coins in this genre have just a patterned border on them, but the campaign map is an inspired idea that ties in perfectly with the main theme. In this case, it also does a good job in laying out just how large the Mongol Empire was. It’s an issue of Niue, so the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II is here. It’s quite cool that the ruler of the second-largest empire in human history has on effigy on the back who is a descendant of the head of the first largest!
The coin is a two-ouncer, struck in 0.999 silver, and comes boxed with a certificate of authenticity. It looks amazing, and you can see that because the Mint of Gdansk took the time to get some terrific images together. It’s a trend we hope continues, given how visual this collectors market is. First class. Available to pre-order now.