The Mint of Poland’s dive into Asian culture continues with a new coin in their signature 2oz ultra high relief range. The series is called ‘Legends of the Great Chinese Emperors’ and as the title suggests, features a non-historical look at genuine figures from the formative years of this ancient state.
First out of the Heavenly Gate is the famous first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, founder of the short-lived Qin Dynasty that gave China its name. His legacy includes one of the most well known archaeological sites in the world, the incredible Terracotta Army, part of a mausoleum complex of gigantic proportions, that to date, has still not been fully uncovered.
The coin carries the artistic style set by similar coins from the Mint of Poland themed around the same region, like Chinese Heroes, Four Heavenly Kings, and Famous Chinese Warriors. Hugely dynamic poses, action-packed backgrounds and a single highlighted element, in this case a gilded sword, have all become de rigueur. This new issue ticks all the boxes and does so with the same fantastically high quality that the mint has become known for. It’s one of the more impressive issues for me, although obviously every collector will have their own favourites.
The obverse is very similar in style to some of the other series, but that doesn’t take away from the general attractiveness of it. We’re big fans of coins integrating the required effigy of Queen Elizabeth II into a larger design, rather than having her mugshot cover the whole face. As you’d expect, a nice box with a Certificate of Authenticity is included, and there’s a mintage of 500 pieces. Another fine release to add to one of the best bodies of coins on the market today. This one is distributed by Pela Coins.