Swiss based coin producer, International Coin House, have ended 2015 and started 2016 with a pair of new entrants in their Aureus series of semi-gilded Ancient Roman-inspired coins. Now up to eight  coins in total, the series debuted in 2014 and appears to be popular enough to rapidly head towards double figures. The series takes key themes/figures in Roman tradition, mainly the godly embodiment of many of their values, and overlays a gold coloured image of both faces of an original ancient coin, on a more contemporary depiction of the figure in question.

The clean struck backgrounds of these coins have always been a highlight, being beautifully realised, but the ancient coin part isn’t gilded, but rather printed with ink carrying a suspension of gold particles. Of the two images below, the Diana coin at left is far closer in look to an actual coin than the artwork of Neptune to the right. The result lacks the vibrancy of gilding, but the overall coins tend to be of a very high standard.

Most of the coins are available now, with Neptune yet to hit dealers, but that one will undoubtedly be up for sale sometime over the next couple of months. We have a full COIN SERIES PROFILE of the Aureus series to look at, and we’ve added these two new coins to it to bring it up to date.

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SPECIFICATION

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE BOX / COA
$1 NEW ZEALAND 0.9999 SILVER 15.5 g 35.0 mm PROOF VARIABLE NO / YES
INTERNATIONAL COIN HOUSE