Building themselves an impressive reputation with their innovative copper-cored coins, Precious Metal Collectors also work with Thai company, The Treasurists, to issue some excellent standard silver coins as well. The latest to appear is this excellent issue starring one of the great Middle Eastern warriors of all time, Saladin, a legend of the many Crusades.
It ticks all the boxes for this genre, being a rimless, antique-finished, ultra high relief coin, formed in two ounces of fine silver. It bears an artistic style quite different from that of the Mint of Poland and CIT/Numiscollect releases, and that’s no bad thing. After all, don’t they say ‘variety is the spice of life’? The bulk of the main face is filled with a close in look at the man himself, packed with fine detail. It is, in our view at least, an awesome piece of work, looking like it sits on a canvas many times larger than the 45 mm diameter piece of metal it actually does.
The Ayyubid army in the background, with Saladin atop a rearing horse and his distinctive curved ‘Damascus’ sword in evidence, is equally well done, despite the absence of any Crusader foes. Perhaps a future release will showcase his traditional foe, Richard the Lionheart. Coins from this producer have settled on the Republic of Chad as the issuing nation of choice, so the requisite emblem takes pride of place on the obverse. In a nice touch, the script has been changed to an Arabic-style one, although the actual text remains as it should.
One of those mints that knows how to present a coin as well, there’s a custom themed shipper and box with this one, and a mintage capped at 500 pieces. A terrific reelease with a subject that eschews the fantasy world for one of hard history. More please.