Back with the third entrant, the Dragon series from Numiartis and the Mint of Poland returns and heads over the Atlantic to the New World for inspiration. You don’t often associate the Aztecs with dragons, but Quetzalcoatl was actually the feathered serpent god, and what, after all, is a dragon? Movie fans will even remember the cult 1982 movie, Q: The Winged Serpent.
What the Aztecs do have is a very distinctive cultural style and this new coin does a great job of harnassing that. Indeed, it’s fair to say the whole series has done a fantastic job tapping into the distinct cultural styles of their subjects, and you can see the 2019 Norse and 2018 Chinese dragon coins below to see how.
This one looks great. You can see the Mesoamerican iconography all over the dragon and there are feathers everywhere. A nice nod to the civilisation with an iconic Aztec stepped pyramid in the background, scene of countless human sacrifices, no doubt. A piece of mineral, a series signature, is this time placed in the beasts eye and is a piece of amethyst. Edge to edge high-relief detail and a lovely antique finish round out the reverse face.
The common obverse returns, with five different dragons, each placed twice, forming a nice border around the obligatory effigy of QEII. As you’d expect, the 500 mintage 2oz silver coin comes boxed with a Certificate of Authenticity. A standout series in the genre for us, this one does nothing but enhance what has gone before. Available to pre-order now.