The Mint of Poland’s latest two-ounce antique-finished coin release is actually a pair of coins, sold seperately, but inextricably linked together. Good and Evil have been concepts for millennia , evolving over the centuries as beliefs and cultural iconography has changed. Visualising that as a pair of coins is fraught with difficulty if you want the idea to be recognisable to as many collectors around the globe as possible.
The Mint of Poland has chosen a safe, if unsubtle pair of subjects to do the honours. Good is depicted as an angelic female, complete with semi deployed wings and a golden sword. The gilding also extends to a halo, a Chi Rho (an early christogram used by the Roman Emperor Constantine I) and a Alpha & Omega symbol (the title of Christ and God in the Book of Revelations).I think it’s safe to assume the focus here is on the Christian interpretation.
The Evil coin is centred on a goat-headed Satanic figure, complete with stylised 666, with a gilded pentagram in the background, along with a mix of satanic elements, mainly skull-based with a bit of torture thrown in. It’s about as subtle as a housebrick to the face, but from an artistic point of view, is certainly packed with high-relief detail and interesting items. The ‘Good’ coin is an attractive piece, but the angels body has some problematic anatomical issues. The sword arm angle would suggest she could scratch her foot without bending over… The face, hair and wings are superb, however.
Each of these two 2 oz silver coins is antique-finished, rimless, and ultra-high relief. There’s a lot to like here, especially if the depiction is one you picture in your own mind. Not perfect, but worthy of consideration, regardless. The coins are sold seperately and come in latex-skin ‘floating frames’ with a Certificate of Authenticity. Available to order now.