Singapore-based producer, Precious Metal Collectors (PMC) have impressed us over the last year with a very impressive range of copper-cored silver coins. What these are is pretty simple in theory. You take an amount of silver, in this case two ounces, and instead of just strking a design into it as you would a normal coin, the silver is ‘wrapped around a much larger (11.5 oz) copper planchet. Basically, the silver is a relatively thick skin. The end result is huge in comparison to a traditional strike, as you can see in the comparitive image lower down.
Coming in at 80 mm in diameter, these have a surface area four times larger than a 40 mm coin, and they’re considerable thicker. This enables the employment of high levels of relief as well. PMC have issued a good selection of subjects to date, and one of the more intriguing is this series called ‘The Nine Worthies’ There’s more detail on what that is below, but fundamentally it’s a group of historical figures said to embody the concept of chivalry in one form or another.
Hector of Troy was the first subject, and now we see a double release of Joshua, and King Arthur. The designs have a very distinctive artistic style and are packed with details over the whole canvas. This even extends to the obverse faces, which are unique to each issue and quite different outside of the small central area carrying the issue details. There is a change from the Hector issue, which came out for Niue Island. These two are issued for the African nation, the Republic of Chad.
PMC are no slouches when it comes to presentation. The packaging is very nicely conceived and executed. The Hector coin, as part of their mysterious ‘Order of the Spectres’ range, came with the strange Nikola Tesla adorned certificate that is numbered sequentially from the first 96 Rat coin issued last year. It was actually made of 3.1 grams of silver, but we’re currently waiting to hear back on whether that’s included with these two, as that may have been a Niue thing, not Chad. A wonderful series and concept which deserves to be a success, in our view. It’s great to see an innovative process used to produce something so esoteric in style, and brought to market so well. Available to order now.