Sadly wrapping up after five brilliant issues, Powercoin have announced the last in their quite beautiful Eternal Sculptures series of 2oz silver coins. Taking some of the world’s greatest marble sculptures and depicting them both front and back on the two coin faces,these employ some fine minting techniques to pull it off in style, chief among them CIT/B.H Mayer’s proprietary Smartminting technology, soon to get a boost in ability.
As we’ve stated before, it’s clear that fine art is one of the numismatic worlds ‘go to’ subjects, and why not? The representations here are quite different from the usual copies of paintings that are so easy to do, with these large, three-dimensional works bringing a whole new level of challenge to their implementation on a small metal disc.
Finished in a marble-white colour against a black background, the statues are brought to life in ultra high-relief, not just on the reverse face, but on the obverse as well. It’s a little hard to see here, but check out our Coin Series Profile of this range where you can see some images of an earlier issue to get a good idea of what this one will look like in hand. The overall coin has a Black Proof finish.
This last coin depicts Antonio Canova’s widely loved statue of three female figures, called The Three Graces. Two copies of this work exist, an original sculpted for Napoleon Bonaparte’s other half, Josephine, and a slightly later version made for the Duke of Bedford. The one used here is probably the second, slightly superior (according to Canova) version as it has a round base – the one in the Hermitage Museum having a rectangular one. As someone who considers Rick & Morty fine art, however, you should probably take my opinion with n a pinch of salt.
Lovely coins and a good example of the inventive, yet fundamentally sound approach to coins taken by Powercoin. Their choice of subject and the ideas used to bring them to life are outstanding, and the employment of CIT to produce them an inspired one. A very elegant series that should have huge appeal to those who love their art reproduced in miniature. Available to order now for around €230, it again has a mintage capped at 999 pieces. A piano black box with a C.O.A. are included, of course.