Iconic Revolutionaries – Karl Marx
Mongolia. 1000 Togrog. 2019. Silver .999. 1 oz. Partial color application. 38.61 mm. Proof. Mintage: 1,000 pieces. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich.
Mongolia. 1000 Togrog. 2019. Gold .9999. 0.5 g. 13.92 mm. Proof. Mintage: 5,000 pieces. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich.
The obverse depicts the emblem of the Central Bank of Mongolia, below in Cyrillic lettering 1000 Togrog, in Latin lettering MONGOLIA. The silver coin reads 1 oz .999 SILVER, the gold coin reads 0.5 g .9999 GOLD.
The reverse presents a front-facing portrait of Karl Marx, in the left field KARL MARX in Latin and Mongolian lettering, in the bottom field 2019.
Following Chinggis Khaan, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, CIT Coin Invest AG has now dedicated the fourth coin in the “Iconic Revolutionaries” series to Karl Marx, the great German theorist of communism.
The portrait used for this coin was inspired by a photograph taken by John Mayall, Jr. in 1875. There is a certain sense of irony to the fact that this iconic photograph, which became the basis for both of these coins, was created by Mayall’s photography studio. After all, said studio was the first commercially successful photography business which made portraits of the upper class of Britain at a total of 10 establishments. Pictures of “eminent people”, and Karl Marx was considered one at the time this picture was taken, were available in sets of 12 for one pound and one shilling.
The coin combines smartminting technology with very sparse selective black coloring. This results in a charm similar to one of the old daguerreotypes that used to be made at Mayall’s studio. This coin is a technical marvel: the precise color application on high relief has only recently been made possible.
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