The Mint of Gdańsk continues to take us through the world of Slavic mythology using a series of three-ounce silver coins. The first coin in this series featured a water-born deity latterly associated with death, but for the second coin, we’re heading into the home with a god who dedicated his life to the protection of the household.
We were impressed with the debut Rusalka coin, not just for its obvious design aesthetics, but for its choice of subject. Norse, Greco-Roman, and Chinese gods have dominated the mythology genre in coins for some time, so we’re always pleased to see something less understood, and outside the realms of Eastern Europe, Slavic mythology is certainly that. It is, however, inventive and rich, so perfect for coins.
The Domowik is depicted intertwined with the elements of an old house, both natural creatures, and the owner’s possessions. We think this is a terrific design. The depiction of the Domowik is amazing, full of character, weird, yet unthreatening. There’s detail everywhere, no part of the reverse face lacking interest. Some subtle colouration on a jar, and the far background as a whole, frames the creature without distracting from it, and the gilded title is well-placed.
The common obverse returns, but that’s fine, as it’s one of the best out there at the moment. A central pill with the issue details on it is surrounded by a beautiful scene of nature, with hints at creatures lurking within. The coin will come boxed with a Certificate of Authenticity, of course, and 500 will be struck at most. Available to order now, with shipping around mid-Q1/2023, this is a super issue, both an interesting change from the usual subjects, and exhibiting a quirky, personal artistic style. First class.