It was only four short years ago that the Liechtenstein-based masters of coin design, CIT Coin Invest, partnered up with B.H.Mayer, the German mint world renowned for its expertise, to produce a new minting technology called Smartminting. The premise was simple enough. Greater levels of relief, with finer detail for a given weight, or keep a similar level of relief, but expand the diameter for a greater working area. The latter has merits, of course, but Smartminting has become so iconic for its ability to increase levels of sharply-defined and heavily detailed relief, while maintaining sensible coin weights.
The first issue to showcase the technique was a very clever choice on CIT’s part. The stunning statue of Genghis Khan that stands in an isolated part of Mongolia, had already been seen on one of their coins in 2014, so what better way to highlight the enhancements than re-issue that coin with a Smartminted strike. The coin was quite stunning, having an eerie ability to give the impression its eyes were following you around as you looked at it from different angles. What it also did was define just what we were getting with the new technique.
Over the next few years, Smartminting has become a term inextricably linked with outstanding strikes. Applied to a whole range of coins from not only CIT themselves, but from other producers bringing their own ideas to them for realisation in precious metal. Chief amongst those are Numiscollect and Powercoin, both of whom have won numerous awards with their Smartminted designs. Indeed, the three producers have just won another four at the 2019 Coin Constellation Awards. Just a quick look through our own articles over the last four years will give you some idea of the impact it has had.
Smartminting hasn’t stagnated, and has seen a steadily more impressive quality of strike in the intervening period, but the World Money Fair in Berlin gave the company the chance to redefine it with their enhanced version, tagged for the launch as Smartminting Reloaded, although it will continue to be known simply as Smartminting moving forward.