Poseidon—God of the Sea, Gods series, Niue Island 2018, 2 Dollars, 2 oz, 45 mm, antique finish ultra high relief coin, gold plated, client: Numiartis, producer: Mint of Poland.


My favorite coin in this series. After Ares.

The god of the sea slides on the waves like a surfer. In classical approach, Poseidon would rather drive a chariot pulled by hippocamps (sea-horses), but here he pulls them behind him. A large shell and tentacles of octopus in the Poseidon’s waist protect him from injuries. 🙂
On the right we see Triton (half man, half fish), the messenger of the sea, the son of Poseidon. Triton plays his conch shell. Its sound calms or raises the waves…

Links and quotations:

“Last years outstanding Ares God of War silver coin followed by equally stunning Poseidon”.
“Ares: God of War from Numiartis and the Mint of Poland joined the market to much applause early last year. Early renders hinted at something special, but we were hugely impressed by the finished article and so were collectors. We all know the jokes about the ‘difficult second album’, but following a hit coin is never easy. We’re stoked to see that this years issue is very much the equal of Ares.” AgAuNews

“Best coin in the world? “Poseidon” – Ultra High Relief, Gold Gilded “Gods” series II Backyard Bullion YouTube

First rough sketch of the reverse.
First rough sketch of the reverse.
Adding more and more details...
I work by adding more and more details…
Next step of design.
Finished design.
Finished design with thin trident shaft. To improve application of the gold in minting process, I changed the thickness of the trident and its shaft by adding some ornaments.
Final design with gilding mask indicated.
Final design with gilding mask indicated.
Photo of the coin.
Photo of the coin.
The close-view.
The close-view of Poseidon’s face.
High relief and selective gilding of Poseidon (diagonal angle of view).
High relief and selective gilding (diagonal angle of view).