The ‘Evil Within’ is a perennial classic in the worlds of myth and legend, so Powercoin’s use of the concept for its three-ounce silver coin series has opened up some interesting tales for representation in numismatics. We’ve already seen the legendary Pandora’s Box, and the lesser known tale of Scylla and Charybdis, but for this third coin, we’re on very familiar territory.
The Minotaur in the labyrinth, hunted and killed by the Greek hero, Theseus, has appeared on coins before, but Powercoin have adapted it to fit the spinning-like style of this series, using Italian coin designer Chiara Principe to do the honours again. The design has centred around a vortex at the centre in the past, but here we see a representation of the famous maze at the centre of the story filling the background field. Theseus is depicted to the left, holding a flaming torch, while the Minotaur charges from the right with a sharp weapon in hand.
The very nature of the tale doesn’t lend itself too well to the spinning style of the first two coins in the series, but it is there in a more subtle form, and the use of the circular labyrinth is a nice touch, especially in combination with a lightly concave strike. It’s all antique-finished, with smartminted high-relief. The obverse has the shield of Palau at its centre, surrounded by a themed border, in this case another maze. We like that each issue in this series has a custom themed obverse.
Available to order now, the coin has a mintage of 666 pieces, and comes boxed with a Certificate of Authenticity. A nice design, in a series with a unique visual style, something we can all get behind.