Back in January, I attended the largest coin show in the world – the World Money Fair. Thousands of collectors and hundreds of dealers and Mints from all over the world attend the annual fair to showcase their new releases and the very latest in minting technology.
I’m always looking for new and unusual coins to offer collectors, whether that be a shape, size or technologically advanced coins that push the limits on what can be achieved in the minting world.
So, ever since I arrived back in the UK, there’s been some incredibly exciting coin news I’ve been wanting to share with you.
But before you read anything else, you need to know that the majority of the range completely SOLD OUT before going on general release so you get the enormity of how big a deal this is!
Introducing Smartminting 2.0
Most collectors are already familiar with Smartminting technology. Only achieved by a small number of mints across the world, the exact techniques used in Smartminting are a fiercely guarded secret, but essentially the state of the art technology allows unprecedented levels of intricate detail and extraordinary high relief while only very slightly increasing the weight.
So what more could Smartminting 2.0 possibly offer I hear you ask?
This new technology (or ‘Smartminting Reloaded’ as it’s been coined in the collecting world) breaks many barriers that were previously considered impossible… Until now.
Take a look at the images I’ve included below, and you’ll see BOTH sides of the coin can now be struck to an incredible high relief proof finish. But that’s not all, the relief levels are 100% higher than what was previously possible!
And if that’s not enough, for the FIRST TIME EVER, Smartminting technology has been applied to a coin made from copper.
You’ll notice the incredible relief of the Eagle’s claws which make it look like they’re literally ripping through the metal and right through the other side of the coin!
Featuring ‘Incuse’ Striking
It also features ‘incuse’ striking. An incuse strike is a relatively new minting process that allows a design to be struck into a coin creating a ‘sunken’ design, as opposed to the standard raised relief. Few mints in the world have attempted Incuse striking as the unique and unusual format makes them more challenging to strike and, therefore highly unusual to come by.
The ‘Incuse’ strike is visible where the depth of the claw marks are left in the surface of the coin.
Also notice how the high relief of the Eagle’s head extends to the edges of the coin instead of just the centre, leveraging the whole surface area of the coin.
This ground-breaking technology has been deployed on a range of Majestic Eagle coins. The design featured was chosen to symbolise strength, leadership and vision and I’m sure you’ll agree it beautifully showcases just what the new Smartminting enhancements are.
However, to fully appreciate this coin, I ask, that you to watch this video. This coin really is an outstanding work of art and this video is the only way to fully appreciate this coin without physically holding it.
If you’re interested…
The Majestic Copper Eagle is strictly limited to JUST 5,000 collectors worldwide and I am delighted to have been able to get hold of an allocation to offer collectors. But they’ve been selling extremely quickly, so you’ll need to pre-order one now to ensure you can add one to your collection. Priced at JUST £55 (+p&p), click here to secure the Majestic Copper Eagle for your collection NOW >>
Fabergé Eggs are some of the most valuable pieces of art on the planet, renowned for their lavish artistry, extraordinary detail and immense value. Nowadays, intact Fabergé Eggs are thought to value up to $33 million and are usually kept away under lock and key in museums, art galleries and billionaires personal collections – although some have vanished without a trace…
A bit of history…
It was in 1855 that the first Fabergé Egg was created, commissioned by Tsar Alexander III for his wife as an Easter gift. She was so thrilled with the gift that it then became a tradition that the eggs would carry on being made, two each year, as gifts for wives and mothers of aristocracy.
A little different than our (now) traditional chocolate Easter Egg!
It is thought that around 69 eggs were created from 1885 to 1917, each carefully curated by Peter Fabergé and an expert group of craftsman that used only the finest precious metals and gemstones found around the world.
What’s more, each of the eggs were rumoured to contain a unique surprise – like the ruby pendant found in Empress Maria’s first egg.
The greatest Easter Egg hunt of all time…
The fatal fall of the Romanov dynasty during the Russian revolution meant that the inaugural Fabergé Egg collection – that had been mounting over the years – was stolen and scattered throughout the world.
As the revolutionaries topped the monarchy, it is thought that some of the eggs were destroyed and others taken to sell in markets. For the last 100 years, eager arts dealers have hunted them out and with little success. One egg in particular – Nécessaire Egg – was sold to a mystery buyer in 1889 and has never been seen since!
The hunt for Fabergé Eggs has become one of the most notorious Easter Egg hunts ever, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get involved…
Your unique way to own one…
Whilst most people will never be able to own an original Fabergé Egg, the multi-award winning designers at CIT have enabled everyone to own their own piece of Fabergé, in honour of the 100th Anniversary since Peter Faberge’s death.
Before anything else though, you should know that this coin has proven so popular that it’s already SOLD OUT at the mint! This coin truly is a piece of excellence and pushes the limits on what can be achieved through modern day minting techniques.
2oz Silver Apple Blossom Fabergé Egg Coin
** NOW SOLD OUT **
The stunning 2oz Silver Coin features the Apple-Blossom Egg – one of the largest eggs ever created by The House of Fabergé and the only one to lie on its side. The egg now takes pride of place in Lichtenstein Museum and is made of Jade, Gold and Diamonds.
It is fair to say the advanced minting techniques this coin has gone through does not disappoint. Leading colourisation techniques and selective gilding have captured the essence of the Apple Blossom Egg, perfectly replicating the intense jade colour and precious gemstone detailing.
But that’s not all, the coin has also undergone an advance form of Smartminting to create high-relief. While conventional minting procedures require more raw material to increase the relief, Smartminting coins attain their impressive relief without the need for more material – suitably encapsulating the elegant nature of the coins inspiration.
This coin is truly worthy of this cultural icon.
Given the unique nature of this coin, the rarity of its edition matches that of the real Fabergé Egg itself. Only 888 will be produced for collectors worldwide, of which the FULL edition limit is already allocated!
In fact, even as an official distributor it was a challenge to get just a small allocation of these coins for UK collectors. Unfortunately, Collectors Gallery were only able to exclusively acquire 15 of these gorgeous coins for collectors and they’ve now SOLD OUT.
If you’re interested
As 2019 draws to a close, and a new decade nears, here at Collector’s Gallery we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to look back at some of the incredible coins that have been released by renowned Mints in the last twelve months.
From innovative new minting techniques to absolutely stunning designs, 2019 has been quite a year for coin collectors!
We’ve chosen some of the most popular coins from the past 12 months, which you can see below. But we NEED YOUR HELP in deciding what coin is to be crowned the collector’s favourite of 2019.
Please decide from the following coins and vote for your favourite in our poll at the bottom of the blog.
The Christmas Tree and Train Silver Coin
Innovative design is nothing new to The Royal Canadian Mint, and that was proven in this spectacular Christmas Tree and Train Coin.
Before I say anything else, you should know that this coin proved so popular that it’s already SOLD OUT – both here at Collector’s Gallery and at the Mint!
This coin truly is a piece of excellence and pushes the limits on what can be achieved through minting.
State of the art innovative gyroscopic technology allows the coin to actually move (see for yourself in the video above!) and a sophisticated design magnificently merges everything we love in a coin; engraving, casting, silver and gold.
The innovative Coca-Cola bottle-top shaped coins and Vending Machine!
As one of the most recognisable logos of all time and with over 1.9 billion drinks consumed per day, the Coca-Cola Company has once again been honoured in coin form.
But, this time Diet Coke, Fanta and Sprite have accompanied it – all inside this vintage style vending machine presentation!
Specially moulded using Smartminting© Technology to replicate the crimps and curves of bottle caps, this is a finish that has only been attempted a few times due to its difficulty in minting!
Do you think this impressive piece of minting should be the 2019 winner…?
Golden Treasures of Ancient Egypt 2oz Silver
Ancient Egyptians revered gold and considered it to be ‘the skin of deities’. It embellished Royalty, was used on the most renowned monuments and famously decorated the death mask of Tutankhamun.
And it’s safe to say that the minting techniques used in this coin really does glorify this decorated culture. At the middle of a PURE Silver base sits a domed insert featuring particles of 24 carat gold suspended in purified mineral oil!
This is a spectacle to be admired and something that has contributed to the coins SELL-OUT success worldwide!
The ULTRA high-relief 1st King of Man 3oz Antique Silver Coin
Manannán, the first king and defender of the Isle of Man, was a revered figure in Isle folklore and cultural identity. And this breathtaking ornamental design has been dedicated to him using some of the most intricate details Collector’s Gallery has ever seen!
Thanks to Smartminting technology and processes that can only be achieved by a small number of mints across the world, it’s impossible to see this coin as anything other than a three-dimensional piece of art.
Even now, you would expect a piece like this to be cast, not struck. But using the most advanced modern minting techniques, this coin has actually been minted. To strike a coin like this is nothing short of revolutionary.
With a worldwide edition limit of JUST 999 – this coin completely SOLD OUT at the Mint!
** VOTE NOW CLOSED **
With 52% of the vote, it was of course The Christmas Tree and Train Silver Coin!