World Coin Appreciation has chosen a quite unusual way to feature the work, putting three sections of it on the reverse face of a two-ounce silver skateboard. It’s certainly an unusual way to show off this painting, but you can see the reasoning when you realise the original is almost 25 times wider than it is tall, and skateboards are known for their use of art.
The artwork looks outstanding on the coin, but you will certainly have to decide if the plastic wheels are a positive, or a negative. The whole thing is quirky enough to get away with it, we think. The coin comes presented in a windowed display box, and the wheels vary in colour. A video shows one with blue undercarriage, but the images we have of the three designs just show red and green. They may be random.
It is randomisation that is the most contentious issue with this release. The mintage of the three designs combined is set at 199 pieces. The number of each design within that number is apparently not equal. The killer for us is that you don’t know which design you will receive. We hate this idea. Just let people choose what one they want, as they may well want all three. Currently, if you buy three, you might get the same design three times. We’re seeing this idea creep into numismatics lately, and we’re not fans at all. Otherwise, a very original release.