We’ve always admired Powercoin’s knack of finding unusual ways to feature popular objects on silver coins, especially their use of mosaic and puzzles to depict fine art, often from lesser-known artists. Those two series have leaned heavily on smartminting’s ability to enable fine, well-defined detail, but the proprietary CIT/BH Mayer tech is also capable of some very impressive levels of high-relief.
The first of Powercoin’s ‘Beloved Building Blocks’ series is leveraging that latter ability to the max, with what is claimed to be an extraordinary fifteen levels of defined relief on the reverse face. As you’ve no doubt guessed from that series title, this one is inspired by the whole Lego and Minecraft styles that remain very popular today, and it’s very distinctive.
To kick off the series, the producer has chosen a Bengal Tiger, quite an ambitious subject for a method based on geometric shapes. From the front, it looks well done and recognisably a tiger, but you get a better idea of how impressive it is when you see it from an angle, as in the image lower down. Collector’s often don’t realise how difficult ultra-high-relief is to pull off to a high standard, but to do so with such crisply defined edges on so small a scale, is doubly so. Likewise, the application of colour on that detail, without drifting into surrounding areas, is also difficult, but again, seemingly handled here with aplomb.