Numiartis is returning to its ‘Gods’ companion series, ‘Titans’, with a fourth issue. Previously, we’ve seen a terrific Cronus issue, followed by Atlas, and lastly, Rhea. For the 2023 coin, we have the Greek personification of the sun, Helios. The character has put in some fine appearances elsewhere, notably with an attractive effort from Numiscollect, but remains one of the lesser represented figures from the Greek Pantheon in modern numismatics.
Helios is a flamboyant deity, with a flying chariot, and often a glowing halo, all symbolising his attachment to the sun and the bringing of the day, and from his absence, the night. Numiartis has depicted him armed with a bow, and with winged horses and his chariot in the background. Placed at the centre top, representing the Sun, is a half-sphere of Mother-of-Pearl, in the brightest of yellows. There are numerous details scattered about, from the decoration on the chariot, to his sideburns.
We like the design of this one, considering it better than Rhea and Atlas, but as with all things aesthetic, you’ll have your own favourites, we’re sure. The common obverse, featuring a kind of ‘family tree’ of this dysfunctional lot, returns, and it’s a particularly neat one that works well for a series whose subjects may not be as well known as the Greek Gods.
A two-ounce, antique-finished coin, sans rim, and with lashings of high-relief, it will obviously garner collector interest, as the format is popular, and the coin looks beautifully done. Special kudos to Numiartis for the supply of the close-up images, rather than a raft of renders. Nothing says confidence like a close look up the protagonist’s nose!! Available to order now, it should ship shortly, and comes boxed with a COA.