What better way to expand the notion of Germania as the personification of a historic people than to have her stand alongside other, more well-known examples. Allegories seeks to pair her with the elegant women that symbolise other nations around the world, and there are plenty of them to choose from. The choice of the very well known Britannia to launch the series was a master-stroke, and it’s opened up the series to figures that many may be more unfamiliar with.
To date, we’ve seen Britannia, Columbia, Italia, Austria, and Polonia, but other potential candidates include Marianne (France), Hibernia (Scotland), Helvetia (Switzerland), and Hispania (Spain). Ironically, despite the vast differences in culture between some of these nations, the appearance of their personifications is quite similar, mainly because most are rooted in imagery drawn from ancient European cultures, especially the Greco-Roman world. That explains the long, flowing robes and headgear that many feature in common.
Allegories is similar to Germania in overall concept and style, but there are significant differences in the way they’ve been realised. Germania incorporates proof coins, gold coins, and multiple sizes, some carrying art that changes in perspective as the coin size increases. By contrast, Allegories seems firmly rooted in the bullion side of things. As a result, they feature not only a common obverse and design, but also a common diameter of 38.61 mm. The range is sold in 1 oz, 2 oz, 5 oz, and 10 oz forms, with the only difference between them being the denomination, and unusually, the thickness, which accounts for 100% of the weight differential, and varies from 3 mm, to 25.85 mm.
Another great series from Germania Mint, really helping to flesh out the numismatic world they’re creating, along with other series set in the same universe, like Mythical Forest, and Germania Beasts, the latter just getting its second issue, and the former awaiting its third. Relatively small mintages, and some neat packaging on the three biggest formats, add to the appeal. Hopefully, this series will continue for a long while, as it has the makings of a classic.