After a simple, but nonetheless pretty cool start to our week long catup of Precious Metal Collectors latest releases, we’re back to what this producer does best – big and bold. Three coins this time, all themed around ancient Chinese mythology, and all employing a variation on the producers ;Bi-Metal’ concept of silver over copper. We described that in yesterdays post, so head there if you’re unsure on what that is.
The first of the three is easily our favourite, A gorgeous rendering of the legend of the Nine Sons of the Dragon King, visualised as a complex and finely detailed variation on the classic dragon and pearl motif. The coin is alive with a sense of movement, and there’s high-relief everywhere. We absolutely love it. Saying that, the obverse jars a little, and someone please take that font around the back and shoot it – really not a fan. It would be churlish to hold that against what is a superb example of PMC’s ‘Bi-Metal Plus’ (5oz Ag, 1kg Cu), coming in at 120 mm in diameter. Please check out the video of it.
The other two share a similar theme and physical format, both employing ‘Bi-Metal Plus’ at 2 oz of silver over 11.5 oz of copper. This still gives us a super impressive 80 mm diameter, and these coins usually come in at the $400-500 mark. Again, dynamism and high-relief are the order of the day, with both having them in spades. The obverse sides are better here as well, with Ne Zha having a pretty flaming border, and Zhao Yun having a terrific ‘Imperial Seal’ design with a bit of colour chucked in as well. Weirdly, we have a coin issued for Chad, one for Tokelau and one for Niue.
Three very nice coins indeed, with Nine Sons being the personal standout, despite the weak obverse. PMC do some good descriptions and videos, all of which is below, but our take is that these are examples of why we love this relatively new producer so much. They’ve taken something unique and done it well. very well. Can’t really ask for more. I’ve had a couple of their releases in hand, and love them. The Van Gogh ‘Dr Gachet’ coin was amazing, for example. More tomorrow!