We’ve all seen medieval tournaments on film, including such popular examples as Game of Thrones, and they could be quite brutal affairs. The image of a man on horseback charging at another, while carrying a simple, brightly coloured shield, is a potent one. The reality, however, is considerably more elegant in many cases. Royalty and nobility often spent extravagantly on arms and armour, and much of what remains in museums today is quite breathtaking in its beauty.
Made in Augsburg around 1550, this tournament shield is one such example, replete with beautiful imagery, and practical adornments (the latticework is designed to catch the lance, for example). Some holes in the original indicate it may not have been enough, but that’s speculation for another day. Coins Today have certainly done enough. This stackable miniature reproduction, struck in two-ounces of 0.999 silver, is visually spot-on, right down to the penetrations. For its size, we don’t see how they could have done a better job for the bullion market. This series remains our favourite bullion range on the market today, and on this evidence, will continue to do so for some time to come.