Shenyang Mint 2015 Buddha Goat medal!

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  1. Gatito Bandito

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    Very cool in person.. Quite happy with it.

    80g .999 silver, max mintage of 2,000

    From one of my favorites: Shenyang Mint


    Photos don't do it justice, as is typical with these types.

    Nice ultra-high relief.. Higher than Happy Boy / Lucky Money, but I don't believe as high as Wutai or Emei, for example. But close. Would have to compare side by side.


    Something a little different for me, especially the large sheep on back, which "pops" more in hand (compared to photos).

    Great designs & textures. Nice detail, too. Reasonably priced.


    Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe this is 1st in a series.


    There is also a 380g version in Ag! :eek:

    Also 45mm copper. Not sure about brass.


    Nice fatty slab.. :D


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    Nice! The one side seems to have a lot of good high relief, but the goat side, not so much? Congrats on the pick up!
     
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    The high relief side is spectacular! What amazing craftsmanship.


    Who else, besides the Chinese, are producing such amazing medals on a regular and consistently high quality basis? I don't think anyone....or at least not that I'm aware of.



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    You know, that was a bit of a concern of mine, too -- until I got it in hand.

    Pleasantly surprised. I really like the large sheep side (and the other, of course).


    Difficult to measure behind a slab, but large sheep relief looks at least 1.5mm.. Maybe 2mm?

    Also benefits from a visual illusion: First, the different texture of the sheep sets it off from the background. And second, the dark oxidizer on the background makes the sheep pop that much more, too.

    Photos make it look pretty flat. Reality? Not so much.


    Emei & Wutai still on top, of course. But as mentioned, pleasant surprise, really like both sides!


    Oh, and first & only.. :p


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    This one has really continued to grow on me the past couple days!

    As if I didn't already like it earlier, heh.


    Anyway, after studying it a bit more, here's the low-down on the relief for the front..

    I actually think it competes with Emei & Wutai for the 80g category. For example, there's a pretty deep but thin "ravine" near one of the horns (which really pops, as one of the highest points). There's a pretty extreme difference.


    However, here's the issue: Due to the design on front, there's simply not enough low points to counter the highs.

    Also, much of the high relief has this sloping, curving thing going on (large stylized symbolic horn) which masks the true relief.. In other words, there's not much in the way of a jutting contrast that just suddenly drops off, as you find with some others.


    If they would have incorporated more of the low points, this would have been even that much cooler.

    Still a great ultra-high relief medal, IMO. Seriously, photos do not do it justice.. If you're on the fence, and budget allows, just get it! :)


    Can't wait for the next installment of the series..
     
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    Do a video man! Show Barsenault that he's not the only one who can make great Chinese medals videos.




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    Wish I could!

    This household is pretty limited on tech, though.

    Only camera is a 12-year-old cheap piece of junk that was lousy even back when it was new! :lol:


    I may be getting a more up-to-date & better-quality camera pretty soon, however.

    Bit of a barter trade, recently working out the details.

    Not sure if it has video capabilities.. But at least it will be able to produce better photos.


    Would just spring for one myself, but that would mean less $$ for medals! :eek:
     
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    Only 4 others have been graded in the past 3 1/2 months..

    http://www.ngccoin.com/coin-census/...-lunar-series-goat-great-buddha-coinid-952144


    Weird that it's still incorrectly under World Coins, even with their new Medals category now up & running.

    Come on, Becky.. fix that crap! :lol:


    Anyway, 5 total so far, for those too lazy to click:

    69 - 2
    68 - 3


    There are also versions in 380g Ag & 45mm copper, as well as 80mm bronze (which I wasn't aware of until now)..
     
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    i have one
     
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    For sure the Odin competes with the level of detail, and relief of this medal. Yeah, okay, I have a bridge to sell too. No comparison, IMHO. Gatito, we'll catch up a little later!
     
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    Yeah, I may have started to get a little sucked in to the Odin when 1st watching the video. And because of that, I will give the videographer some respect, LOL.

    But after studying it more closely, and after doing a little poking around.. I'm pretty convinced that, at best, the highest relief is maybe 2.5 - 3 mm, from highest point to base.

    Still better than many things out there.

    Though in comparison to even the low relief of 2 mm on the large sheep side of the above medal (which is the weaker side, mind you), I'm not sure how much of an accomplishment that really is.


    Of course, that says nothing of the relief style & complexity, the design, and the details.. ;)


    I'm assuming some will be quite excited to get the Odin in hand.

    For me, I'm betting it would be a disappointment.. I've been too spoiled. :( :p


    Your message received -- will listen soon enough!
     
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    the monkey has out.
     
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    So your guys are going to ship them out?
     
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    I am referring the Buddha monkey Not panda monkey. I only order 1 pcs for collection. The panda monkey likely out next week. However, we will not send to Europe and usa during this coming festive season to avoid unnecessary.
     
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    It's not half-bad, but I like CGCI's 2015 Goat better.

    Not a big fan of the big monkey side. On the fence with this one.. :|
     
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    Thanks for the photos!

    Front looks even better.

    But still don't really care much for big monkey side.. :(
     
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    ^ ^

    What he said.



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    The thing with me & coins/medals, is: Is the stronger side strong enough to compensate enough for the weaker side?

    The latter isn't completely awful. Might grow on me a bit more in time. And the respective Goat side (which is the same style as the Monkey) is nicer in-hand than photos lead on, per my earlier comments.


    In any event, the answer to my question in this case, is yes. The ultra-high relief front definitely has it going on.

    Already sent a message to the guys over at CM.. ;)
     
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