It’s becoming harder and harder to write about the continuing throng of new art-architectural coins coming on to the market, but it’s worth it because the quality of entrants in this genre is just so high. With such brilliant releases as Mesopotamia, Secrets of Pena, Alhambra, and my own favourite, the Taj Mahal, collectors of these coins have never had it so good. Moneda Nueva, a Spanish producer, has previously entered the field with its Masterpieces in Stone: The Malachite Room release. This was an antique finish, 55mm, 3oz coin with a malachite insert, a little heavier than the norm, but essentially a typical specification and design.
Their latest issue is on a whole other level, one previously occupied by just two Coin Invest Trust designs, each of only 99 pieces. That level is the one-kilo architectural coin. Both of the CIT efforts have been quite brilliant, and it’s fair to say this new coin from Moneda Nueva is up there with them. Featuring the same subject as what I personally consider the finest coin of this type yet released, the Taj Mahal is considered one of the worlds most beautiful buildings and thus makes a fine basis for an attractive design. This coin doesn’t disappoint, with a reverse depicting the iconic exterior of the building, and an obverse taking a multi-layered look at the interior. There’s very little in the way of extraneous inscriptions and the whole is beautifully designed, the lapis lazuli insert (as used on the Taj Mahal itself) being very well integrated, not always the case with some of these coins.
With this level of specification combined with a tiny 100 coin mintage, it’s obviously not a bargain-basement numismatic, but the price is currently €3299 at Moneda Nueva dealer TopWorldCoins, far less than the CIT duo debuted at (both are near €7.5k at the moment). Available to order now, this well-presented coin will ship in early June.