Art-architectural coins have been a big collector favourite over the last few years, so perhaps it’s only fitting that we get one more in before the end of 2015, and from a series that has had only a single entrant to date. Famous Opera Crystal is tightly focused on the worlds great opera houses and debuted last year with a popular coin featuring the Paris Opera Garnier. Produced by Berlin-based coin designers, JVP Investment coins, issuer of such extensive series as World Heritage, Russian Emperors, and Vintage Mini Posters, the coin is in many respects of a standard specification for the genre.
Weighing it at 2oz of fine silver, 50mm in diameter, and with an antique finish, the coin itself holds no surprises, so like its peers, its success will rise or fall on the quality and integrity of the design, and on the choice of subject. The subject is a popular one, the Metropolitan Opera House at the Lincoln Center in New York being one of the world’s premiere events and that’s a double-edged sword. The building is a clean looking modern design, lacking the intricacies and history so ingrained in the fabric of the older European institutions, but the coin designer has taken the best elements, including the unusual ceiling, to make something worthy of a coin release in such a richly competitive field. The superb looking insert really breathes life into the look of the coin faces, much more so than the first coin, and the overall look can genuinely be considered a success.
Available to ship any time now, this high-relief design comes with a Certificate of Authenticity, but unfortunately without any other packaging outside of a capsule. We reckon that if you liked the first coin, you’ll likely want to pick up one of these as well.