Powercoins hugely popular Micropuzzle Treasure art-themed series is back with a third installment, and it’s an artist I don’t remember seeing on a coin before, Alfons Mucha. A member of the Art Nouveau movement, he has a unique style and makes a refreshing change from the usual Leonardo or Klimt paining.
As with Renoir’s ‘Two Sisters’ and Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’, the first coins in this series, the artwork in question is overlaid onto a pattern finely struck into the surface of the coin, that pattern replicating the look of a jigsaw puzzle. What lifts the design above the simplicity hinted at there, is the use of three levels of very crisply defined relief, which is something Smartminting does so well. A gap in the puzzle picture reveals the silver surface below, while the missing ‘pieces’ are seen scattered around on the surface of the mostly completed image.
Like Powercoin’s other impressive series – Micromosaic Passion – it’s just a simple concept done perfectly, to create something greater than its parts. The Mucha art has a sharp edged definition that looks like it will handle the style without problem, so all round, a great addition. The obverse remains the same as on previous coins in the series and is also nicely themed.
Well presented in a piano-black box with a Certificate of Authenticity, the three-ouncer is capped at 499 pieces. Again, the serial number is engraved on the edge of the coin, and again, it reaches out to an expansive 65 mm in diameter. There’s nothing to dislike about this series. It’s refreshingly simple, well realised and with broad subject appeal. Available now, expect a quick sell out. What next? I’d love to see ‘American Gothic’ by Grant Wood for something different again.