The much loved world of Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski ‘The Witcher’ series of fantasy novels has been successfully making the transition to the numismatic world since 2019. Working their way through the two short story collections, and six main novels chronologically, Mint of Gdańsk has been issuing silver coins in both two-ounce, and one-kilo formats, offering unique designs, not just for each book, but for each of the two formats covering them.
The fourth issue takes the second major novel, ‘Time of Contempt’, for its source. The two-ounce design features a scene described by the mint as depicting ‘Ciri and the unicorn Ihuarraquax. Ihuarraquax was a young pure white unicorn who wandered the Korath desert with Ciri for a few days. She saved him after he was poisoned by a sand monster by using the Force found in the element of fire. Between them, they were able to find food and water for each other, and likely neither would have survived the desert without the other’.
The coin incorporates these elements well, and there are highlights, with Ciri’s dagger gilded, and the unicorn’s horn formed in mother-of-pearl. Both are subtle, and do not detract from the overall look. There’s a good use of high-relief, and the artist has managed to pack in many small details. Luckily, we have actual coin images of this one, including the attractive obverse, which employs a common border surrounding a scene unique to each release. A particular highlight for us.
The kilo coin continues the practice of using completely different artwork, and in this case it’s the Witcher Geralt’s fight with the wizard Vilgefortz. Sadly, we only have line renders at present, but the fight scene looks to have plenty of potential, and we like the obverse depiction of the Isle of Thanedd, home to Aretuza Academy, where young females are trained in magic. A piece of polished green aventurine is visible on both faces. We’ll try to get better images of this one.
A great series, especially for fans of the books on which it is based, whose numbers have no doubt swelled significantly because of the smash-hit games and TV series produced since publication. Just 200 of the kilo coins will be struck, although its smaller sibling is more numerous at 2,000. Available to order now either directly from the mint, or from many dealers worldwide.