The last of our four-coin roundup of new Mint of Poland releases is a strange one. Zorro was created by an American pulp author in 1919 and has had a fairly innocuous and varied history in the world of TV and movies since then. At times camp and heroic, the character is well known, but hardly a giant of popular culture, especially over the last twenty years. Anyway, on to the coin.
It’s fair to say the artist has done a great job encapsulating the character. The sombrero hat, cape and rapier sword that are iconic to Zorro are all present and correct, and he’s depicted on Tornado, his horse, rearing up. The legendary ‘Z’, the symbol of Zorro that he marked with his sword, is picked out in the background with gilding, in contrast to the antique finish used elsewhere. Despite the unusual subject matter, it’s actually a fine tribute.
Struck in two ounces of fine silver to a high-relief, it has a mintage of 500 pieces and comes boxed with a Certificate of Authenticity. It’s a Niue issue, so the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II sits on the obverse, sadly not customised for the theme, but a standard job. If you’re a Zorro fan, and we’re sure you’re out there, this looks a great homage to a character now over a century old. Maybe the Lone Ranger is next! Available to order now.
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