Ironically raised to popularity by the Perth Mint with its debut Gods of Olympus series, the ancient world coin genre has taken to the two-ounce, antique-finished, rimless, high-relief silver coin format like no other. Although employed by several producers, it is the Mint of Poland that has made, not only the most numerous, but also the best use of this excellent compromise between weight and cost with a range of quite frankly, stunning issues.
There are a large number of series currently in progress, with more appearing quite regularly. They’ve also stirred up quite the hornets nest on the aftermarket, with often rapidly rising prices and quick sell-outs. We’ve always concentrated solely on the physical product itself here at AgAuNEWS, and we rarely comment on investment potential for the obvious reasons. Our articles are up for years, and the market is fleeting. Besides, one collectors budget may be another collectors dream, so any comments on value are quite subjective.
However, this is a much admired and discussed market at the moment, and while we do try our best to keep up with new releases, often with world debuts, we do recognise it’s becoming harder to keep track of all the various releases and to what series they belong. Hence this guide. This isn’t meant to be a definitive look in detail at all the coins – our Coin Series Profiles and regular news articles will take care of that – but a handy compendium of everything released to date in one place. We’ll keep an eye out for any missing coins or mistakes, but this should cover all the Mint of Poland issues in this format and genre. We considered putting Imperial Art in here as well, but decided that was a series better suited to a round-up of Art Architectural coins of the Tiffany ilk, something the Mint of Poland also has a healthy presence in. We’ve enabled comments for this guide, so feel free to discuss below.