Powercoin’s hit Micromosaic Puzzle series is back with a new look, and featuring the artist Frida Kahlo as the subject

After a hiatus, Powercoin are revisiting their hit Micromosaic Passion series of three ounce silver coins with an all-new second series. It kicks off with renowned Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo, but as the subject, not the painter. Born on July 6, 1907, in Coyoacán, Mexico City, Frida’s life was marked by immense physical and emotional pain, which she channelled into her artwork.

Frida’s paintings are characterized by vibrant colours, intricate symbolism, and raw, introspective themes. Through her self-portraits, she bared her soul, depicting her physical and psychological suffering, as well as her deep-rooted sense of identity and Mexican heritage. Her iconic unibrow, bold attire, and elaborate hairstyles became her signature, defying societal norms and challenging conventional beauty standards.

Kahlo’s art explores themes of love, loss, gender, and politics, often drawing inspiration from her tumultuous relationships, including her marriage to renowned muralist Diego Rivera. She blended elements of Mexican folk art, surrealism, and realism, creating a style uniquely her own. Frida’s work has a visceral quality that resonates with viewers, evoking empathy and introspection.

However, the work here is part of a series by digital artist, AndrĂ© Sanchez, called La selva de sus vestidos, done in tribute to the Mexican icon. There are sixteen works in the series on the artist’s website, and Powercoin have taken a crop from one of them for the coin. Each of the works are very distinctive, and often more than a little weird, but the chosen piece of design is quite beautifully done, depicting Kahlo in a rainforest setting, complete with a macaw, and she’s exquisitely dressed.

The changes from the first series mainly revolve around two things. Firstly, there’s a layering, created using high-relief, and secondly, part of the design is not ‘mosaiced’ and kept clean of the process. Both things have the potential to spoil the effect so carefully crafted with the first series, but we have to say, on this evidence, that any fears are unfounded. The coin is vibrant, with a stunningly rich and finely applied colour application running from edge to edge. The mosaic patterning is impeccable.

The obverse continues the theming with a mosaic texture, including using it to form the wording, which is a little less successful, but still okay. The star is that quirky, expertly realised reverse face, for sure. The coin is boxed, with a Certificate of Authenticity, and the serial number is also engraved on the coin edge. An outstanding issue. The new concept will need careful shepherding to ensure the balance between smooth and mosaic is maintained, but Powercoin have shown a knack for it in previous issues, not just in the mosaic series, but also the puzzle one. We love this one, from the esoteric selection of subject, to the employment of CIT’s expertise in production. Available to pre-order now.

SPECIFICATION
DENOMINATION $20 Palau
COMPOSITION 93.3 g of 0.999 silver
DIMENSIONS 65.0 mm
FINISH Proof
MODIFICATIONS High-relief, smartminting, colour
MINTAGE 499