On any list of the greatest science-fiction authors of all time, you’ll probably find Polish writer, Stanislaw Lem. Many of his works, including Solaris, the most well-known, dealt with a human failure to communicate with alien intelligence, and the idea, often eschewed by other authors, that perhaps humanity isn’t the pinnacle of civilisation in the universe, is in fact, flawed. His work is complex, with a different perspective on the genre, and all the better for it. He died in 2006 at the age of 84, leaving behind an impressive body of work, including philosophical treatise. His statement, that information technology drowns people in a glut of low-quality information, has been particularly prescient.
The Mint of Gdańsk is continuing its highlighting of Polish culture with a multi-year numismatic program showcasing the man and his works. The mint has already embarked on similar programmes with Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher books, and footballer Robert Lewandowski, both of which cover multiple different formats, from gold coins to silver statues. Stanislaw Lem joins those in promoting Polish culture in numismatic circles. We like the Sapkowski and Lewandowski coins, but personally, I think these are on a whole other level.
Not all information on the range has been released yet, but it’s looking like two subsets per year, themed around the man or his works, and there will be 2 oz, and 200 gram silver coins (the first issued, and what we’re looking at here), 1/10 oz and 1 oz gold coins, and 5 oz and 1 kg silver coin statues. It’s certainly a varied mix, although with the smallest being a 2 oz silver, a higher end one. All are boxed with a Certificate of Authenticity, and mintages are sensible.