Continuing to make a pleasant change from the many silver coins featuring the ancient world, the Mint of Gdansk’s ‘The Witcher’ series continues its eight-issue jaunt through the hugely popular world created by Polish author, Andrzej Sapkowski. Each of the eight issues is comprised of a pair of coins, encompassing a regular 2 oz version, and a huge for the genre 1 kilo version with a completely different design.
Sensibly enough, the second annual issue takes the second novel, ‘Sword of Destiny’, for inspiration and depicts scenes from the best selling book. The smaller coin is said to depict a pivotal scene in the saga. “The Queen of Brokilon, Eithne, is holding the goblet and hands it to
Ciri, one of the main figures in the Witcher saga. Next to her is Dryad Braenn.The goblet is filled with the Brokilone Water, containing special
powers. Drinking water from the goblet is to determine the fate of Cir and the others – she may choose to stay in Brokilon or follow her
destiny. In the background we see Geralt The Witcher, who has killed skolopendromorf- a forest creature attacking the local residents.”. A gilded sword makes a nice focal point, as well as a green glass goblet with a crystal inset. The obverse is composed of many elements from the book and includes a small area with the effigy of QEII.
As before, the one-kilo coin is different and features a dragon battle at its main attraction, The obverse has an expansive scene where “we see an ancient bridge built by the trolls, that collapses during the passage. Geralt and Yennefer, holding on to the bridge, are eventually rescued by Jaskier and the others.”. The kilo coin carries on lwith ast years signature feature with a window through the coin, in this case filled with round yellow agate instead of the rectangular green piece in 2019. We only have line drawings of this one at present, but it looks highly promising.
The 2 oz coin has a mintage of 2,000 pieces, with the kilo capped at 200. Both seem well presented, especially the latter variant.The quality of the high-relief strike and the antique finishing will no doubt be first class, given the Mint of Poland is doing to job. Even though prices in general have risen, along with silver itself of course, the Mint of Gdansk is pegging prices to last years rates for an initial period, with a rise coming on 01 December, and another on 01 January, so if you are interested in these, early action will have benefits. Both will ship in early 2021, but are available to order now.