Famed in numismatic circles for their innovative, and expansive ‘Bi-Metal Max’ silver over copper coins, Precious Metal Collector’s also produce some quite unique pieces in more traditional formats. Not as traditional as the usual round formats in most cases, however, but solid silver in form. It’s their shaped coins we’re looking at here, and these three aren’t all of the new ones either, but we’ll save the Asian-themed issues for another time.
First of the three is this three-ounce T. Rex. Now, shaped T. Rex coins aren’t new, with The Coin Company having issued one for their Jurassic Park/World franchise, but PMC’s take is very cool. Everyone’s favourite pet dino is depicted with a good level of detail, and what we currently understand to be decent anatomy. The obverse is the star here, with an under-the-skin look at this apex predator’s innards, complete with musculature, skeleton, and even an eyeball. Top stuff. There’s an antiqued variant, and a gilded one. The text inscriptions are a little distracting, but overall, a great addition to the genre.
The second coin is another unique piece, reproducing the famous bronze sculpture, The Discobolus of Myron. In this case, Myron isn’t the location, but the name of the original sculptor, Myron of Eleutherae, who worked in Athens around 480-440 BCE. The original is lost, the one we have now is a later Roman copy in marble. A wonderful subject for a coin, and one impeccably realised. Fun fact, I used to throw discus at school many decades ago, but the only six-pack I have now is Fosters lager, and the disc in my hand would be a pizza…
Finally, we covered PMC’s superb George Washington shaped coin just last week, and now we have Nikola Tesla in the same style. Like Washington, this is an outstanding release, very realistic in its portrayal. PMC, along with CIT, really have the art of doing a human face on a coin, down perfectly. The obverse on this one is also excellent, filled with technical drawings inspired by Tesla’s work. Again, quite outstanding, in our view.
All of these should be available to order now, and with a range of subjects this wide, we’re sure at least one will be of interest. Shaped coins aren’t for everyone, particularly the traditionalists out there, but you have to admire the skills on show here.