Whatever your views on opera, or Carmen in particular, this is clearly a well produced, and very nicely realised numismatic. Even from our brief telling of the story, you can see this is Carmen, with her bright crimson dress, the Torero by her side. Carmen herself is coloured, the rest of the coin, antique-finished, except for the roofs of the buildings on the horizon, which are also picked out in colour. Issue inscriptions are all on the obverse, where they belong, in our view. Just the coin name, ‘Carmen Bizet’ is on the reverse, and it’s extravagantly framed.
We suspect the obverse design will be a common one for the series, featuring the signature theatre curtains that are pulled back to start the performance. The effigy of Queen Elizabeth II is placed here as well. This two-ounce, fine silver coin is presented in a wooden box, with a Certificate of Authenticity, all inside a themed outer shipper. The mintage of 500 pieces seems about right for the market. Opera isn’t a common theme on modern coins, so fans will be glad to see this, for sure. Fortunately, Mint XXI have done as fine a job with the coin as you’d expect. Available to order now, it’s expected to ship from late September.