Back for its second bite of the Arthurian legends that we all know and love, the Carpathian Mint’s ‘Camelot’ series moved from the central character, Arthur Pendragon, to a figure often seen as either a hero or a villain, Sir Lancelot. He was said to have been Arthur’s closest confidante, and one of the greatest of the Knights of the Round Table.
He was a flawed man, and on becoming the personal champion of Arthur’s wife, Queen Guinevere, soon started an adulterous affair with her. When Arthur learned of this, a civil war broke out, exploited by Mordred, which led to the destruction of the kingdom. It’s a classic tale, constantly retold in print, or on celluloid, even to this day, and it’s no stranger to the numismatic world either.
This series of two-ounce Camelot coins will encompass twelve issues, of which this is the second. You can see the names of future coins on the common obverse, which depicts the table from above, surrounded by an alternating sequence of swords and shields, the latter of which carries the symbol of each knight. The subject of each specific issue has their shield gilded.
The reverse is the star. An excellent scene depicting Lancelot shielding Guinevere in the middle of a battle fills the face from edge to edge. Lots of detail, good depth, and an antique finish that suits it perfectly, make this a striking piece. The gilded sword and coloured insert shield add to the drama. This looks to be shaping up into an excellent series, doing justice to a beloved legend. Available to order now, it comes boxed with a COA, and has a mintage of 500.