Making its debut early in 2018, German producer MDM Wholesale launched its first Underwater World coin. A three ounce silver coin with an antique finish, it featured a heavily dished reverse face inside a border, which was filled with a translucent blue enamel. Struck to an impressive level of ultra high relief, each coin depicts a sea creature not only under the enamel, but also bursting through the surface of it, just as the animal would in reality.
There have been four issues to date at the rate of two per year. A fish, a mammal, and two reptiles point to this being a wide-ranging look at the world under the sea. The use of the clear enamel means that the background field of the reverse face, filled with marine flora, is perfectly visible and helps place the subject in its habitat. The first coin depicted a Great White Shark and did so pretty well, but for us at least, the Sea Turtle coin is the one that lifted this series above others with a similar theme. The following Dolphin and Crocodile issues are decent entrants, but the Turtle remains the best liked here.
Even though the coin weighs in at 93.3 grams (3 troy ounces), the levels of high relief limit the diameter to 50 mm, but that’s certainly big enough to keep everything packed full of great detail. Antique-finished, these are fine examples of coins that, while they’ve undergone modification from their cleanly-struck origins, have done so in a clever and non-tacky way. Hopefully we’ll see more additions in 2020. An octopus/squid would look pretty cool, we’re sure. Selling for around €250.00 on issue, they are limited to 999 examples of each.
UPDATE: Sadly, this pretty series has come to an end with the issue of a single 2021 coin, making a total of seven issues. We’ve added them all here, of course. We have to say, however, that the final issue, the Octopus, is an absolute beauty, so they’ve gone out on a high. As you can see above, we had a guess that an octopus coin would look cool, but they’ve done a fantastic job with it.