The Phoenix is one of the more striking creatures, possibly originating in Greek mythology, but also common in Chinese, Egyptian, and Persian legends. Indeed, the Dragon & Phoenix are staples in East Asian myths. The legend deals with renewal and rebirth, with the immortal bird rising again from the ashes of its predecessor. It’s a powerful piece of symbolism – something ancient writers did so well.
Powercoin’s latest issue is a two-ounce silver coin, replete with smartminted high-relief on the reverse face, and a black proof finish. The reverse face, by Italian artist Arianna Cicconi, is super-clean, with a potent looking Phoenix wrapped in flame-coloured feathers. The colour application is very impressive, graduated nicely to infer a strong backlight, as if the bird has just emerged from the flames.
The obverse depicts a field of volcanoes, all shown in darkness, with the magma glowing intensely. It looks okay, and given how tightly tied to the subject of this coin it is, we suspect that it isn’t a common one, but specific to this first issue. Overall, a very striking and dramatic design, it comes boxed with a Certificate of Authenticity, and is available to pre-order now.