The Witcher: Baptism of Fire 2 oz silver coin (2023 Mint of Gdansk)
The Mint of Gdańsk continues to work its way through the hugely popular fantasy ‘The Witcher’ novels of Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski with the launch of the fifth 2 oz silver coin of the eight that will make up the set. This format isn’t the only one in the range, as there are one-kilo silver coins, and a proof gold pair, all of which carry a different design to this one. There was even a terrific silver coin statue which looks well worth seeking out. We’ve covered almost all of them.
This coin features the book ‘Baptism of Fire’, with a reverse design that the mint describes as featuring “a hermit who incited the local peasants against an underprivileged girl whom he accused of witchcraft. In defence of the girl stood the White Wolf with his company: Regis, the higher vampire, and Milva, the archer, who were placed in the centre of the coin. The hermit called them in for a trial by fire, saying that only a person with an impeccable heart could take out the red-hot horseshoe with his bare hand. To everyone’s surprise, the horseshoe was taken out of the fire by Regis. At that point, the camp was attacked by a Nilfgaard plunger and the entire company was scattered.” There’s some selective gilded highlighting, and a copper coloured insert.
We’ve always like the obverse designs of this series as well, each having its own character, rather than going for commonality. Filled with character symbology, and a dozing cat, it looks great in comparison to a usual Niue obverse. The coin has a 45 mm diameter, and a 2,000 unit mintage. It comes boxed with a Certificate of Authenticity, and is available to order now. Until the end of the month, the Mint of Gdańsk is discounting the coin, which will rise by around 13% on April 1st.
What happened to the Witcher sculpture series?
Since the first two of the year 2021, no other has appeared, while the other two series of coins (the silver coin-shaped ones and the gold ones) have come out normally. By now at least two new ones should have come out.
In addition, there is no reference to the first two of the year 2021 on the mint of Gdansk website. Two years ago there was a video on said page that was deleted.
Is it possible that they have canceled this series of statue-shaped coins?
I got in the mail that they had logistical problems, but the next coin is expected to come out this year.