With its first debut back at the ANA show in August, Numiscollect’s first issue in their new Asian Mythology series was a beautiful part-coloured, antique-finished piece of work that was packed from edge to edge with some classic looking ancient Chinese inspired design. Depicting a deity long revered for his ability to fight or ward off evil spirits, Zhong Kui is still in use today as a house guardian painted on walls. It’s a fine choice of subject instead of the usual options.
This is a 3oz fine silver coin, issued for the Cook Islands, that takes full advantage of CIT’s Smartminting techniques to endow the coin with plenty of well-defined and finely detailed ultra high relief. Antique-finished, but highlighted with some rich red colour, this remains an excellent debut for this new series.
Adding to the range, much like this producers Archaeology & Symbolism series, Numiscollect have now issued a considerably more limited version of the coin with some selective gilding to enhance the colour. While the mintage of the original was a tight 333 pieces, this new gilded variant is capped at just 99 units. Other than the gilding, this is essentially the same coin as the ANA version,
A nice box, with a Certificate of Authenticity will make this a great premium package, but more to the point, this is a release that bodes well for this series moving forward. Expect to see a new issue next year as this one seems to be selling well.