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SM Mint’s SKULLCOINS ZODIAC MEMENTO MORI SERIES – PISCES

Author: K. Paul Sankey    

Zodiac Memento Mori Series

The second release of the Zodiac Memento Mori Series is now available for purchase from SM Mint. There will be three medals available for each of the Zodiac signs: gold, silver, and copper all with limited mintages. The 1/10 oz. gold version of the Pisces is not available for purchase yet due to the delay in shipment of the Aquarius 1/10 oz. medal. SM Mint has made the decision to have new sculpts and dies made after the Aquarius gold proof medals did not come out as expected. This was not due to the quality but the look just wasn’t right, since these are “Art” medals and not bullion it was important to SM Mint to have the design conveyed in the best way possible even on such a small canvas as 1/10 oz. of gold. The first sample originally had a 2D design for the reverse but the decision to make sculpts and new dies for a 3D design was made. This was done at an increased expense to give only the best interpretation of the designs to their customers. Due to these changes ONLY the Aquarius gold will be a proof coin while the rest of the series beginning with Pisces will have a brush satin obverse with a proof reverse finish. I feel these will make the Aquarius gold highly sought after. The silver and copper versions will remain the same. SM Mint stated:

“I hope people understand that this choice to delay is not because it is the easiest or cheapest thing to do, it is a hard decision but the right one and I think people will be very pleased in the end….”

After the delay for SM Mint’s extremely popular first release the 2015 Ghana 5 Cedis Lunar Goat Skull Coins there has been some concern by customers, but with all the Proof orders shipped, BU orders to commence shipping at the end of this week and the Aquarius silver and copper versions in many customers’ hands now most seem satisfied. The quality, look, and relief of the antiqued Aquarius silver and copper art medals were amazing and the feedback from customers on social media sites has been extremely positive. The antique finish gave each medal a unique look and no two medals were alike. We can only hope that the rest of the series continues to offer this type of quality and unique designs.

MEMENTO MORI SERIES - PISCES

PISCES: February 19th – March 20th

The word Zodiac literally means animals – It refers to the patterns or configurations of the animals or symbols as seen in the vast sky’s stars at night. Pisces is the twelfth astrological sign in the Zodiac, originating from the Pisces constellation. The animal used to symbolize Pisces is the fish – The symbol of the fish is derived from the ichthyocentaurs, who aided Aphrodite when she was born from the sea (It is the symbol shown at the beginning of the article). “Pisces” is also the Latin word for “Fish” and it is one of the earliest zodiac signs on record.

Mythology:

According to one Greek myth, Pisces represents the fish into which Aphrodite (also considered Venus) and her son Eros (also considered Cupid) transformed in order to escape the monster Typhon. Typhon, the “father of all monsters” had been sent by Gaia to attack the gods, which led Pan to warn the others before changing into a goat-fish and jumping into the Euphrates. A similar myth, one which the fish “Pisces” carry Aphrodite and her son out of danger, is resounded in Manilius’ five volume poetic work Astronomica: “Venus owed her safety to their Shape.” Another myth is that an egg fell into the Euphrates river. It was then rolled to the shore by fish. Doves sat on the egg until it hatched, out from which came Aphrodite. As a sign of gratitude towards the fish, Aphrodite put the fish into the night sky. Due to these myths, the Pisces constellation was also known as “Venus et Cupido,” “Venus Syria cum Cupidine,” Venus cum Adone,” “Dione,” and “Veneris Mater,” the latter being the formal Latin term for mother.

The Greek myth on the origin of the sign of Pisces has been cited by English astrologer Richard James Morrison as an example of the fables that arose from the original astrological doctrine, and that the “original intent of [it] was afterwards corrupted both by poets and priests.”[Source: Wikipedia – Pisces (Astrology)]

MEMENTO MORI SERIES - PISCES Silver Obverse

Silver Obverse

MEMENTO MORI SERIES - PISCES Silver Reverse

Silver Reverse

MEMENTO MORI – Not Death but Life?

The subject matter of these medals revolve around the phrase Memento Mori which is Latin for  “ Remember that you must die”. In the middle ages funerary art became popular. In what are known as memento mori tombs, below the effigies of the deceased pictured as they were in life, there were placed effigies of their naked decaying corpses or skeletons. Such tomb sculpture reflected a contemporary obsession with the coruption of death. There are many translations and “stories” out there and although Memento Mori seems to have carried a grim connotation to it throughout history – Today it is used as a celebration of life, a reminder of ones mortality and the need to live life to it’s fullest. In it’s art the symbolic reminders of mortality is used heavily throughout and the skull or skeleton is often used. Memento Mori has been linked to many religious passages and a considerable amount of memento mori art is associated with the Mexican festival Day of the Dead, including skull-shaped candies and bread loaves adorned with bread “bones.”

MEMENTO MORI SERIES - PISCES Copper Obverse

Copper Obverse

MEMENTO MORI SERIES - PISCES Copper Reverse

Copper Reverse

SKULL COINS “ ZODIAC” SERIES – PISCES

The Pisces is the second medal released of the NEW Skull Coins Zodiac series. There will be 12 medals of each version in the series (36 total) with 3 released  around the time that coincides with the Zodiac cycle. All the art rounds will have three options available – 1/10th oz gold matte version, 1 oz .999 pure antiqued silver, and a 1 oz antiqued copper version. All three art rounds will have the same obverse but a different reverse is used for each version of the art round and all will have numbering that matches the C.O.A – including the copper version. The silver and copper number will be etched on the rim while the gold will be elsewhere on the art round. The silver and copper will each have an antiqued finish that is done by hand for every round. The gold version will be a brushed satin finish with proof reverse (only the Aquarius will be proof).

US based tattoo artist from Kangaroo Paw Tattoo, Kiana Roo, who created the design for the 2015 Lunar Skulls Year of the Goat has been commissioned by SM Mint for the Pisces and the entire Zodiac series.

The introductory pricing will be $62.50 for the silver and $19.95 for the copper medal. The gold is not available at this time. These will all have a maximum mintage as follows: 99 gold, 500 silver, and 2000 copper. Each C.O.A will have all variations of the medals listed on each one with the total mintages – the version purchased will be specified with the matching number.

MEMENTO MORI SERIES - PISCES Gold Reverse

Gold Reverse Design

Why should you be interested in this coin?

Highly limited

  • 99 – .9999 1/10th gold
  • 500 – .999 1 oz. silver
  • 2000 – 1 oz. copper
  • 2599 TOTAL

Second art round of a popular new series

Unique serial # engraved on coin with matching C.O.A

Antique finish for silver and copper/matted finish for gold

Unique Memento Mori Pisces design

Rimless edge on silver and copper art rounds with number etched on rim

Specs

Metal: 1 Troy oz of 99.9% pure silver

             1/10th Troy oz of 99.99% pure gold

             1 Troy oz pure copper

Finish: Antique/Brushed Satin with proof reverse (gold)

Diameter: 39 mm/16.5 mm (gold)

Edge: Rimless/Reeded (gold)

Year of Issue: 2015

Mintage: 99(gold)/500(silver)/2,000(copper)

Be sure to get more information here.

Skull Coins:

http://www.skullcoins.com/zodiac2015/