After a superb debut last year with a Noah’s Ark coin, Mint XXI’s ‘Fundamental Stories of the Bible’ series returns with a second coin, and it’s another core tale from the Old Testament. The Tower of Babel is meant to be a warning to man’s hubris, but like many biblical stories, seems a bit petty and vindictive in retrospect. It is a clever tale, trying to explain the myriad languages that man is encumbered with, and bringing into it some of the amazing architecture that the early civilisations managed to bring to fruition.
The Tower of Babel is said to have been a ziggurat-type structure, a tower of diminishing circumference, surrounded by a rising ramp, and that’s what Mint XXI have sensibly chosen to go with. It’s beautifully detailed, and at its base is a throng of people, celebrating their achievements, no doubt, unaware of what was soon to befall them. Again, it’s packed with some great touches. The pastel metallic palette used continues that set out so successfully with Noah’s Ark.
The obverse is another custom design, showing us the tower in the late stage of construction, with a low set moon in the background, perhaps representing how close the tower was to the heavens. The artwork reaches out to the rim in all directions, with no border interference. Both faces are fully antique-finished, which appears to work well with the subdued colour scheme.
The excellent presentation from the first coin is back again. An oval wooden box with a window opening above the coin is attractive enough, and it’s all packaged in a themed outer, with a Certificate of Authenticity inside. A very nice coin indeed, with much attention to detail, and a beautiful finish. It’s a five-ounce silver coin, so is rocking a €600 price tag, unfortunately, but for the collector of higher-end numismatics, it’s an appealing offering. Available to order now, it should ship in late November.