Seize the coin. Carpe Diem is immortalised on Art Mint’s latest innovative silver coin

“Carpe diem quam minimum credula postero”. The full version of the famous latin phrase means”seize the day, trusting as little as possible in the future.” Of course, there are multiple translations, but the general gist is encapsulated perfectly as one suggesting what you CAN do now is better than what you MAY be able to do tomorrow. On the surface it’s an unusual subject for a coin, but nobody ever accused the Art Mint of picking boring and/or mainstream subjects for its coins.

The realisation of phrase to coin is a clever one and as you would expect from this Parisian producer, also done to an extremely high standard. The traditional Western representation of Death as a hooded skeleton with a scythe is pictured, holding an actual working hourglass. There’s a perfect sense of depth to the design and it looks like Death is actually reaching out of the coin face and looking directly at you. The antique finish is a fine choice and the high-relief strike is clearly packed with detail. The text inscribed around the reverse face is beautifully atmospheric and caps off a mature, quality design perfectly.

The hourglass is no cheap and nasty piece of plastic either. A fully functional item that exhibits excellent detailing, it fits in with the rest of the coin and for us at least, is a rare example of something as bulky as this actually looking good on a coin. The obverse carries the usual Niue-issue required effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, but this face has also seen some customising from a basic look, with the presence of a border and plenty of texturing.

Packaging is similar to the Chess coin we looked at a couple of days ago – itself quite similar to those used by the Mint of Poland on their very high end items, so no complaints on that front. Of course, a certificate of authenticity is enclosed, and the coin also carries a serial number (of 500) on its edge. The coin should be available around the end of this month, although more likely later in January, and a couple of our sponsors have them up for pre-order now.



We are very proud to offer you a new issue of Art Mints products with the new “CARPE DIEM” coin.

Originally designed in hand made plaster model the coin has a high sculptural relief, that deepens the impression of the Grim Reaper rising as a reminder to “seize your days” (CARPE DIEM)! The cracked effect and a beautiful antique finish gives a sense that you are holding a piece of history in your own hands. Nevertheless, the real sand hourglass are indeed counting the time left!

On the obverse side of the coin, you can see Her Majesty the Queen Elisabeth II, face value, date and external ornament ring designed in the same monumental manner.

The coin comes in a highly elegant case, along with the Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage of only 500 pcs worldwide!

DENOMINATION $5 New Zealand (Niue)
COMPOSITION 0.999 silver
WEIGHT 62.2 grams
FINISH Antique
MODIFICATIONS High-relief, Hourglass insert
BOX / COA Yes / Yes