Following what appears to be an increasing trend for world mints to push the boundaries of what is possible(and indeed acceptable) in minting technology, the Czech Mint has issued a trio of crystal coins.
The three 'gift coins' are notable for the fact that they are all adorned with Bohemian crystal that brings the static design of the coin to life in dramatic fashion. The three coins are entitled “Good Luck”, “With Love” and “Happy Birthday”.
The Happy Birthday coin bears the design of a flower in full bloom with three expertly shaped blue crystals adorning the surface of the coin in the form of flower petals.
The second coin is themed With Love. The image of two swans swimming side-by-side symbolizing the purity and commitment of true love. Protruding in place of the swan's wing is a soft coloured and hart-shaped crystal.
The last coin of this release is Good Luck. A butterfly hovering just above a blooming flower. Two Bohemian crystals forming the delicate wings.
All the coins bear the reverse effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the date of 2016 and face value of $5. The series was designed by Czech artist Irena Hradecká, DiS. The coins are issued as legal tender by the Czech Mint under license from Niue Island.
All coins are struck from .999 Fine Silver with a diameter of 50mm. The coins are issued in specially designed protective capsules.
For centuries Bohemian glass or Bohemian crystal has been recognized as some of the finest glassware in the world. The crystals are shaped and grinded by expert craftsmen, renowned the world over for their respective skill and quality. In issuing these gift coins the Czech Mint has partnered with one of that countries most ancient and proudest industries to produce these unique pieces.
The coins are currently trading at around €183.00 or US$225.00