One of the most well-known and historically significant stories of the last two millennia, the tale of the crucifixion of Jesus, and the resurrection, has shaped the world’s most popular religion to this day. Also a significant figure in Islam, and, to a lesser extent, Judaism, Jesus has inspired countless stories, and been the subject of many coins.
We’d imagine that most appearances on modern coins have been through the depiction of fine-art, where the pool of ideas is exceptionally deep, but originality is alive and kicking, and PMC’s latest is certainly that. Shaped coins are nothing new, of course, but there’s clearly an extra level of work put into this one, with high-relief on both sides, and a full theming of the obverse.
Both the reverse and the obverse feature portraits of Jesus, the one on the reverse being particularly striking with its crown-of-thorns extending past the coin rim. Both sides are replete with a wood texture, and INRI (Latin: Iesus Nazarenus, Rex Iudaeorum, meaning “Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews”), is inscribed at the top. It’s all quite a striking piece, and will have enormous appeal to the more religious collector, for sure.
At five-ounces in weight, and with a 199 mintage, this is a higher-end coin, and at 100 mm in height, a good-sized one as well. Each coin comes boxed, with a certificate of authenticity, and is available to order now.