Well known for their sumptuous designs featuring artwork from medieval Europe and Icon art from Russia and its surrounding countries, JVP have developed and occupied a niche in the numismatic world that is only recently being approached by others. With series such as Orthodox Shrines, World Heritage, and Russian Emperors, in their portfolio, it’s clear they do things a little differently there. This new coin is from the long-running World Heritage series, and unlike most series of coins, these vary wildly in shape and design, choosing to sit with a broad theme rather than within the confines of a strict format.
There have been many coins over the years depicting some of the major players in what we know as the Abrahamic religions, and JVP have featured many of them. This latest release features a reproduction of a Valencian painting from circa 1405 that was painted Tempera on wood. With the original (below right) being over a metre-squared in size, we can imagine it to be an impressive and imposing sight, awash with ground gold as it is. While the coin can’t possibly replicate every nuance, the mint has done what looks to be a fine interpretation, especially considering the transition to a high-relief strike. The gilded background to the coin shows some intricate and original design and the uneven edge and crinckled finish is reminiscent of the superb Clovis to Republic coins struck by the Monnaie de Paris.
Whether this subject matter is of interest or not, there’s no denying the level of quality on offer here. We’ve seen numerous coins from the World Heritage series in hand, and they’re invariably beautifully produced and struck by Swiss mint, PAMP. Packaging is of the highest order as usual, a little gaudy , but top end stuff, and includes a detailed Certificate of Authenticity. Available shortly.