Seemingly on a roll at the moment, Precious Metal Collectors are adding another piece to their impressive range of large copper-cored, high-relief silver coins. Joining a range that started with the Greek god Hector, the first of the ‘Nine Worthies’, and recently continued with the debut of the Four Guardians series depicting the Azure Dragon, the latest release takes off at a tangent into the world of fine art.
Everyone has heard of Vincent Van Gogh. The Dutch Post-Impressionist painter produced an expansive body of works, including portraits, landscapes and still life’s of cypresses, wheat fields and sunflowers. In just over a decade, he produced more than 2,100 artworks, including
860 oil paintings and more than 1,300 watercolours, drawings, sketches
and prints. One of his most famous works undoubtedly his self-portrait.
Expertly interpreted for reproduction in metal, PMC have done a great job of capturing the haunting depiction of the art worlds great icon, and they’ve thankfully kept it free of interference from inscribed information, all of which is confined to the obverse. The textured background field is also carried over onto the obverse, although this remains a simple effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. A very nice coin for the art aficionado.
As with Hector and Azure Dragon, Van Gogh has an 11.5 oz copper core, around which is struck the design in 2oz of fine silver, which then has an antique finish applied. It’s a clever way to keep the cost of a coin down while allowing them to produced something of 80 mm diameter and employing impressive levels of relief. This is another of PMC’s ‘Order of the Spectre’ designs, so will have a Certificate of Authenticity numbered in sequence from previous releases, rather than from zero. Also having a mintage of 500 pieces, it should be available to pre-order shortly, with shipping to be confirmed. An attractive release and one that makes a great change from the usual fine art coin.