Upcoming Zodiac Treasures to look forward to...
Your Forecast...for Collecting
So if you're hoping this is going to be some sort of astrology tell all page, I'm very sorry to let you down. I won't be giving any advice based on your birth sign, and if I ever write to you about what you should or should not do based on what time of the year you were born; well...feel free to call me out for my lack of wisdom.
What you will find here, over time, is the zodiac medals, coins, and currency that will be worth looking out for, looking into or just plain looking at for those who are interested in this subject.
I plan to always be on the lookout for these things and I had a short list of items that I have been wishing would come to market, so I thought why not share it with the community.
City Hall Clock at Heilbron, Germany
Upcoming Zodiac Treasures
San Marino 5 Euro Series
The Republic of San Marino has launched the 5 Euro numismatic series dedicated to the 12 astrological signs. The obverse of the coins shows the sun in the center, with the lunar phases around it. The image of the sun is surrounded by three feathers, symbolizing the Republic of San Marino, and by the twelve astrological signs along the perimeter. The reverse of the first coin shows, in the middle, Aries, a fire sign and the first constellation of the zodiac. The astrological sign of Aries is depicted ten times along the perimeter of the coin, with the year of minting at the top. The reverse of the second coin shows in its center, Taurus, an earth sign and the second constellation of the zodiac. The astrological sign of Taurus is depicted ten times around the perimeter of the coin, with the year of minting at the top. To date, only two of the twelve in the set have been released. I am looking forward to collecting the full set and they will eventually be featured on the Zodiac Coinage page.
Artist: Annalisa Masini
Date Of Issue: 09/20/2018
Theme: Western Zodiac
Print Run: 15,000
Four More are now Available
As of this month, Leo, Gemini, cancer, and Virgo are in circulation. Might be time to move this one!
Computer 3D Zodiac Metal Printed Series
In the last few years, there has been a subculture of 3D CAD enthusiasts who have been creating sculptural models completely in the virtual space with the idea that 3D Printing technology will find new ways to manufacture all kinds of different things for us to buy. Well, those days are here. I am now regularly seeing 3D models for sale at various websites that specialize in the distribution of 3-dimensional models for jewelry, coins, parts and replacement pieces for games as well. Metallic 3D printing is now a reality, and with that collectible coins are starting to come out of China, India and the United States. The set featured below is done completely from a 3D model and created at a CAM plant in China that specializes in creating real products for prototyping in the real world. It will be the next manufacturing revolution.
I have a couple of sets of this design now. One from India done in brass at 32mm, and this one from China at a 41mm diameter that is done with an antique silver finish that looks pretty much just like these images. How many more interesting sets will come out is impossible to know.
Date Of Issue: 08/23/2016
Theme: Western Zodiac
Print Run: Ongoing
Come in CuNi, Brass, and Silver
My Zodiac Coin Keepsake
This was an interesting Kickstarter that achieved its funding at 200% levels. The originators of the project reached out to me several months ago to help advertise their idea. I did post their promotional movie on my main consulting page, but I was reluctant to endorse any project that had not come to fruition. From what I can see they produced several sets of coins and sent out coins to their backers as part of their promise to those who invested in the Kickstarter and they developed packaging and all the designs as well. But over the last month or two, there has been no activity that I can track and I am worried that they took the money and ran. There are still videos advertising the product on Youtube and their facebook page is pointing to an INDIEGOGO support page. At this point, I am unsure if it will ever be a real product, but I am watching its development.
These are for sale on eBay from some advanced buyers in both the silver and gold-tone.
I find the 3-D printing technique used to create these a bit rough and they come off more like a recast. They are definitely high-relief
Check back from time to time. There'll be more!