‘I stumbled across a monument online, more specifically – the doors of Duomo di Milano,’ says L. Gibiard. ‘I thought it looked so good that I had to make something out of it – I don’t like copying pictures, so I went ahead and changed each panel to make something unique,’ explains the author. The masters of the Lithuanian Mint have transferred the work of a talented young man onto a silver coin of spectacular beauty. At the center of the reverse, on either side of the globe, two Scottish symbols stare into each other’s eyes: a unicorn, which is considered the national animal, and a stag (red deer), which often roams the endless heather moors of Scotland. A lion, the king of animals, is seen at the very top, and an eagle, with its blood-curdling gaze and wings spread wide, stares at the viewer from the bottom part of the image. What is more, a serpent can be seen writhing on the antlers of the stag. The animals are surrounded by various decorative stripes, many of them recognizable from the houses of nobility throughout Europe. Attention to detail and precision set this enchantingly beautiful collectible silver coin apart from others.
‘For every monument-inspired design I create, I usually look at Neo-classical, Victorian, or Greek art – anything that has a lot of intricate detail, or a lot of ornaments is something I’m obsessed with,’ says Louis. The obverse of the coin features a portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The coin is made of aged silver and is minted using high relief technology. This coin, which celebrates the power and beauty of nature, will surely find a place in your numismatic collection.
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