Scottsdale Mint seems to be picking up a bit of steam to make up for the huge drag on the market caused by the coronavirus pandemic over the last few months. Latest to join their extensive and varied range of limited mintage bullion coins is a pair of Japanese culture themed one-ounce offerings. Called Momotaro, or Peach Boy (!), this is a centuries old classic of Japanese literature, of which you can read more further down.
The end result is a pair of designs in different styles, but featuring the same basic story. The first is quite similar to the mints own 2018 Samurai Archives coin, Kiyomori, a coin that replicated the style of the old Japanese woodcut artists, (it was based very closely on a specific 19th century example by Japanese ukiyo-e artist, Utagawa Hiroshige), and one of this new pair is similarly inspired. Called Ukiyo-e after that artistic style, the first design (the samurai holding the head) is the more traditionally Japanese of the pair.
The second coin (holding the banner) is called Anime, after the hugely popular animation that Japan has exported around the world. You can see from the coin how close the look is to the comic art that has emanated from the Asian powerhouse over the last few decades, for example. It’s a more modern and less stylised approach, but which you prefer is strictly a personal choice, as both are first class examples of their genre.
Each of the pair has an identical border, background field, and title, and both are issued for Samoa, so carry that island nations coat of arms on their obverse. There will be 50,000 of each design available, so a little more than usual, but not excessively high. Available to order now, a good looking pair with a theme rarely seen in bullion. We’ve only seen them up at a Japanese dealer at present (hence the videos), but they should spread to tother dealers shortly, we’d imagine.