The Knight is the second in Coins Today’s journey through chess pieces in stackable silver bullion form

Creators of some of the finest, and most imaginative bullion products around, Coins Today’s ‘Stackable’ range is the South Korean producer at its best. Amongst their cultural and historical ranges sits this particularly unusual series based on the age-old game of intellectual might – chess. Last September, they issued their first stackable silver bullion themed around the game, and specifically the most numerous piece on the board, the pawn.

The concept here is a little more than a simple stackable piece of silver. Yes, it does that, as you can see lower down, but CTK have also given us other options to display this innovative piece. Individual pieces come in their own custom capsules, but there is also a bigger one that can hold eight pieces in a circular setting. There are six different pieces on a chess board, and we’re assuming that’s how many issues there will be, so you’re free to add a couple of extra pawns, we guess. The image lower down shows the two different releases to date next to each other in the mega-capsule. They look fantastic together.

The stylistically medieval imagery returns, merging imagery from chess, and from the great cathedrals of the age. The outline of the piece remains shield-like, but with a different shape on the top half, making it immediately identifiable next to a pawn version, for example. The Knight outline replaces the pawn, of course, and the tracery and detail differs, but this is clearly of the same ilk, maintaining a strong and unique identity. The ‘obverse’ is a negative impression of the face, and the whole thing is curved horizontally, making an easy fit in the mega-capsule.

We were very impressed by the imagination and execution of the first issue, and none of that is diminished this time around. These are superb examples of imaginative design and execution, and it’s going to be fun to watch the series run to completion. We particularly like the fact these are just an ounce in weight, with so many of CTK’s issues being in the 2 oz and 1 kg range, and thus more affordable. As we said about the pawn issue, affordable, unique idea, stackable for the bulk buyer, a tightly defined
series, unlimited mintage, great production, and interesting display
options. What’s not to love? Available to order any time now.

COMPOSITION 0.999 silver
WEIGHT 31.1 grams
DIMENSIONS 67.7 x 40.0 mm
FINISH Antique
MODIFICATIONS Shaped, high-relief, stackable
MINTAGE Unlimited
BOX / C.O.A. No / No