Posted on December 03, 2021
After the debut of the Medieval Legends Series was met with strong demand for the Robin Hood design, the series quickly moves to the second release. Shifting from the bandit of Sherwood Forest to the quiet town of Hamelin in Lower Saxony, the second issue of the series focuses on the tale of the Pied Piper. Learn all about the next release in the collection in this week’s blog post.
On the obverse of the rounds available in the Medieval Legends Pied Piper release, you will find a depiction of the man known as the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Also known as the Pan Piper or the Rat-Catcher of Hamelin, the Pied Piper is the title character in various folktales. His name and story appear in the works of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the Brothers Grimm, and other writers. The common folktale vision of the Pied Piper is that of a man who has a magical pipe that allows him to lure rats out of villages. However, when villages refuse to pay him for the service of rat-catching, he is said to turn that pipe against them by entrancing their children and luring them away to an unknown fate. The obverse design of the new Piped Piper Rounds depicts the Piper using his magical instrument to bring the town’s children under his spell so he can lead them away.
As with the Robin Hood release, the second design of the Medieval Legends Series offers investors and collectors two options. You can purchase the 1 oz Medieval Legends Pied Piper Silver Round or the 1 oz Medieval Legends Pied Piper Copper Round. Both rounds have the same design on the obverse and share the common reverse design introduced with the Robin Hood rounds. Individual rounds come in plastic flips, with acrylic tubes available for multiples of 20 and boxes available for multiples of 500 rounds.
Although the legend of the Pied Piper is one that is more commonly known to modern readers through the works of writers like von Goethe and the Brothers Grimm, his legend is actually much older than either of those writers. The earliest proof of the legend of the Pied Piper comes from a stained glass window art depicting the Pied Piper luring rats out of a town. This stained glass window was made for the church in the German town of Hamelin around 1300. Though the church no longer exists, artistic renderings based on that design have helped catalog the history of the Pied Piper. For example, a 1592 painting exists that was copied from the window of the church before it was destroyed in 1660. The image of that painting is still around today.
The release of the Medieval Legends Series got off to a hot start with the Robin Hood design. Each design in this series comes with an unlimited mintage in terms of a set figure. However, each design will be retired at the point that the next design in the series is ready. With the Pied Piper now available, the Robin Hood design has been retired and a final mintage has been announced for the debut issue. There were 64,220 silver rounds made for the Robin Hood design and 40,000 copper rounds.
With the timeframe for coining limited, there’s no time to waste in purchasing the designs of the Medieval Legends Series. If you have any questions, JM Bullion is happy to help. Please call us at 800-276-6508, chat with us live online, or email us directly. Don’t forget to build your Medieval Legends collection in style with the JM Bullion-branded Medieval Legends 14 Piece Collector’s Box!