It isn’t often we see a subject like sex featured in its own coin series. Hinted at perhaps, but not front and centre (no pun intended…). If you’re going to do it respectfully, then showcase the classic text on the subject, the Indian work, Kama Sutra. This is an ancient text, tracing its roots back well over 2,000 years, and sets out the ways to garner maximum pleasure from the act of procreation.
Mint XXI is no stranger to nudity on its coins, offering some superb examples of ancient and Renaissance art, like its ‘Celestial Beauty’ series, which aren’t afraid to depict their subjects in their original, unsanitised form. Here, however, the producer has created a style fully sympathetic with the original script, one that’s very Indian in nature, full of patterned flourishes, and jewellery in the local style.
The background is brightly coloured, in a way that was possibly the inspiration for Mint XXI’s later ‘Stained Glass Art’ series. It’s varied, but has one colour more prominent than the others, which is different for each year’s issue. The title of the series is highlighted with gilding, and the figures are antiqued. The couple on each coin are depicted in a different position, and we could be imagining it, but they seem to be getting a little raunchier as the series progresses.
A very well crafted three-ounce silver coin series, stylistically spot-on, with a good use of high-relief. Not a subject for everyone, of course, but if it is, we’re sure this will appeal. Issued one per year, the 2022 has just debuted at the time of writing.