In December of last year, we shared Choice Mint’s remarkable King Arthur silver coin. The next coin in the six-piece Camelot series, “Guinevere,” is now available to pre-order, and it is as beautiful as its predecessor.
“Camelot” is a joint product of the treasury of the Cook Islands, Choice Mint, and Coin Invest Trust (CIT). The coins are produced using CIT’s Smartminting technology, which achieves exceptionally high relief with normal amounts of metal—or, alternatively, normal relief with less metal than conventional methods require. Either way, it also produces very fine detail.
The reverse design depicts the legendary queen of Camelot in a seated position, holding a long-stemmed rose. Like the previous coin in the series, it is beautifully detailed in both the foreground and the background, and employs three distinct finishes: a mirrorlike Proof finish, a rich matte finish, and a fine, smooth finish that strikes a balance between the two. The stitching on Guinevere’s gown, each loop of her braid, each bead in her necklace is sharply detailed, and clusters of leaves are visible on the far-off trees. A knight’s shield with diagonal stripes leans against one tree, and in the far background, a tiny flag waves above the towers of Camelot.
The obverse is remains the same as on the King Arthur coin: a modern portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, by Ian Rank-Broadley, reduced in size and placed at the center of the legendary Round Table. She is surrounded by Arthur’s knights, who are shown as if from above, each holding his helm in one hand and his sword, raised toward the Queen, in the other hand. Each tiny knight is different from the others, most noticeably in the hair, which may be straight, curly, tousled, parted, or in the case of one knight, nonexistent. Even the wood grain on the surface of the Round Table is visible.
The coins are dated 2016 and have a face value of 10 dollars (Cook Islands legal tender). Measuring 50 millimeters, each coin consists of 2 ounces of .999 silver. The mintage is limited to 999. “King Arthur” and “Guinevere” will be followed this year by “Sir Lancelot” and “The Lady of the Lake.” “Merlin” and “Morgan le Fey” will conclude the series in 2018.