The second and final of Powercoins two new CIT-produced designs is also out today and it’s another impressive coin. The first to debut SmartMinting on both sides of the coin, it is again a fine demonstration of this new minting technology developed by Coin Invest Trust and BH Mayer Mint. The first coin we covered in our last post was a one ounce silver design featuring the modern activist effigy of Guy Fawkes.
This one has the same diameter as the Guido Fawkes coin, but is double the weight at 62.2 grams (2 ounces). It’s the extra mass that makes the design capable of featuing smartminting on both sides. The subject matter this time around is art, the debut coin depicting an amazing sculpture by Antonio Cavana. As smartminting is involved and the coin doesn’t have an extremely wide diameter, it’s obvious that its talents have been directed towards high relief.
High relief is applied with more subtety than on other recent releases, being used to enhance a single focused element of the design, rather than a wide spread of the face. The subject is an extraordinary piece called Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss from the last years of the eighteenth century. The work, as you can see above, is an ambitious one to replicate on a coin, even a smartminted one, but an initial look is very promising. A marble-effect colour has been applied to the statue face, and the background is in a finish called Black Proof. We’re unsure if that is colour, or ruthenium/rhodium plating. The end result is an increased contrast, allowing the sculpture to stand out better than it would against a polished silver finish.
The outer area of each face is a highly detailed patterned strike that makes a great frame for the main subject. The date of issue in Roman numerals is a nice touch. All other inscriptions, and the shield of Palau, are well placed and well realised. Coming in a box with a Certificate of Authenticity, it will ship at the end of October for €229.00. Mintage is 999. Art lovers will be impressed we think.