The Jungle Book 03 – Shere Khan silver coin (2022 Czech Mint)
The Jungle Book 03 - Shere Khan silver coin (2022 Czech Mint)
We were pleasantly surprised by the first of the Czech Mint’s ‘Jungle Book’ coins that we covered back in March. It had an interesting and attractive style, undertaken by one of the mint’s stalwart artists, Asamat Baltaev, one we have a high regard for here. Based on the classic Rudyard Kipling book, and not the sanitised Disney film, this is a four-coin set, being released over a single calendar year. As well as the Mowgli coin, the mint has already released one depicting Baloo & Bagheera, which you can see further down.
The third of the four, and the one we’re looking at here, is the ever-popular baddie of the story, the tiger, Shere Khan. Again, we love the depiction, done in that same angular style that made the first issue so striking. We’ve been impressed at how Baltaev has been able to impart something different on the much-loved tale, without compromising it. The obverse is also well done, although common to the series, so not unique to Shere Khan,
The coin is struck in an ounce of 0.999 fine silver, with a diameter of 37 mm, to a mintage limit of 1,500 pieces. Presentation is nice, we do like the mints new boxes, and there’s an optional, themed collector’s tin to hold all four issues, for a relatively cheap 12 Euros. The last coin of the series will ship in September, but this one, and the two previous coins, are available now. A terrific series.
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