We have a particular fondness here for coin designs that do things quite differently from whatever the trend of the time is. In 2019, the ancient mythology theme was the darling of the coin world, and while some stunning designs were released in the genre, there was a basic underlying style to most of them. In the midst of that came CIT, with ‘Trapped’, with a concept and execution utterly unique.
The series tells the claustrophobic tale of someone confined behind a fabric sheet, but they’re not alone. From the first coin’s screaming face, through the hands desperately trying to find a way out, and on to the shock appearance of a vampiric face about to feed on our protagonist, there’s a palpable build-up in tension, a story technique very unusual in numismatics. The latest 2022 coin is a clear step up in detail, yet loses little of the mystery behind the first trio. Awesome stuff.
Best of all, these are not hugely expensive compared to CIT’s usual two and three ounce series, weighing in at one-ounce in weight. It’s terrific that they resisted the urge to go big with Trapped, and this unique series is open to more collectors as a result. Saying that, a kilo variant would look amazing, so who knows? As always, we’ll use this guide to keep track of new annual issues.