Given how popular nature themed coins are, it’s pretty surprising that the world’s coral reefs are not more common as a subject. The most recent was the very impressive two-kilogram antique-finished coin released by the Perth Mint, a giant piece with a cool style that showcased the Great Barrier Reef. The Mint of Poland have issued a new coin of their own.
A two-ounce, antiqued silver coin with lashings of high-relief, it’s an attractive composition, showing off the reef structure itself, as well as some of the vast biodiversity that inhabits it. We like how the application of colour is restrained, although not as well chosen as could be, but that’s a minor point.
In a page taken from MDM’s playbook, the use of a translucent blue resin to infill the coins deepest parts is a great touch, especially as it covers an area so close to the rim. The mint has taken great pains to convey a sense of depth with scaled elements in the background. The main attraction, the antiqued high-relief central section, is composed really well, as is the raised border, which could have been a simple thing, but is fully incorporated into the design instead.
It’s a very plain obverse, sadly not one of this mints customised efforts, but the presentation looks okay. We still like those latex-skin display frames, and while we can’t see it on the official images, we suspect the COA is printed on the frame insert, which is fine. Capped at 500 pieces, we like this one a lot, and it’s proof that the mint can do more with this format than just myths and legends themed coins. More please. Available to order now.