The first thing you notice with the coin is the concave strike. It’s most pronounced on the convex obverse face, with a very intricate, multi-ringed representation of Alexander’s shield. The coat-of-arms of Chad, the issuing nation, sits perfectly integrated into the middle of that shield. The whole thing is coloured, but done in a heavily graduated, almost airbrushed style. It looks terrific, although the style is completely different to the earlier coins.
The reverse face is the obvious star. It’s concave, but it’s filled with tons of high-relief. Alexander is depicted on horseback, battling in an urban area, surrounded by his army. It’s all quite dynamic, and that unusual colour application over an antique finish, looks unique. The horse leg in the foreground doesn’t look quite right to my eye, but the whole thing is very striking.
As always with PMC, the presentation looks bang-on, although again, it differs from earlier issues. On the whole, this release is a surprising departure from the first trio of coins in The Nine Worthies series, and we suspect the next two coins, our guess is possibly King David and Charlemagne, will also use it. Whether the format changes again for the final three issues, remains to be seen. This coin, we’d consider a big success. Available to order now, its mintage is capped at just 199 pieces.