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The Creation of a Coin

Back in 2022 at the NYINC, I had a conversation with representatives from a couple of world mints on my thoughts about improving and evolving the quality of some of the modern world commemoratives. One area I emphasized was a lack of classical numismatic designs being created, with many countries issuing modern pieces that seemed a bit kitschy.

One thing lead to another and I ended up agreeing to work with CIT in Liechtenstein on the creation of a new NCLT issue that focused on something a bit different than the usual stuff you see on modern bullion issues. One of my all time favorite themes is the German Wildman, so it was natural that this became the subject. Cameroon, with its heritage as the former German colony of Kamerun, was a perfect option for this Germanic themed piece. 15 months later, here is the final product, as a Cameroon 5000 Franc 5 oz Silver Commemorative issue.

The obverse is based on the popular Thale a. Harz Notgeld issue of 1922.

The reverse is an homage to the classic depictions from the Brunswick Thalers of the 16th and 17th Century.

The whole process was a lot more complicated than I thought it was going to be. There were so many different drafts, small changes and complications along the way, but it was so neat to see from the inside out how a coin was made, from simply an idea to a final physical piece.

Justin Meunier

Boardwalk Numismatics


  • StorkStork Posts: 5,205 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That is pretty cool. I don't have a Wildman taler, but have always found them fascinating.

  • bidaskbidask Posts: 13,824 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very Cool indeed !

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  • SimonWSimonW Posts: 570 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That’s really awesome!

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  • GreenstangGreenstang Posts: 725 ✭✭✭✭

    Nicely done and well presented.

  • Bob13Bob13 Posts: 1,412 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very cool! Love the Wildman!

    Would love to hear more about the process.

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  • pruebaspruebas Posts: 4,281 ✭✭✭✭✭

    It’s beautiful!

    The only change I might make is to replace the flat, mirror fields with something else more textured.

    The oblique photo seems to have exactly that, so maybe my comment doesn’t apply.

  • Sergey74Sergey74 Posts: 151 ✭✭✭

    Am i alone in the world who doesn't like coin's proof and mirror field?


  • ExbritExbrit Posts: 1,233 ✭✭✭✭

    CIT produces some interesting stuff. It’s always interesting what they come up with next. Must have been very interesting working through the process.

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  • jt88jt88 Posts: 2,781 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The detail is good.

  • BailathaclBailathacl Posts: 1,009 ✭✭✭

    Such a great idea. The process story adds to it further. Only fitting that a Wildman would be such a large sized coin too.

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  • jdmernjdmern Posts: 286 ✭✭✭

    Thanks for all the kind words!

    Would love to hear more about the process.>

    There were many, many steps along the way. I thought the most interesting part was seeing how my written descriptions ended up being turned into physical elements of the design- For example, here are a couple of notes from one of the earlier digital renderings:

    (Oak and Acorn Border in the Style of Germanic Design, Obverse Wildman face more weathered and craggier)

    Justin Meunier

    Boardwalk Numismatics

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