As many of you know, one of my favorite themes in world numismatics is the German Wildman. Most associated with Brunswick and the surrounding areas, the Wildman has graced coins, coat of arms and art since the 12th century. Derived from the Roman deity Silvanus, the god of the woods, the Wildman has evolved over the years, and has impacted all sorts of world mythologies since then. Many feel that the Wildman has influenced other mythological creatures we are more familiar with, such as Sasquatch and the Yeti, and even more contemporary representations of the Norse god Wotan.
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. These conversations lead to a partnership with CIT in Liechtenstein, who handles the minting of many of the world's highest quality modern commemoratives, and Jon Hawes, who has handled the distribution of modern bullion issues from around the world. Cameroon, with its heritage as the former German colony of Kamerun, was a perfect option for this Germanic themed piece.
I worked with CIT and their talented designers every step of the way until we reached a design I felt paid proper tribute to one of the iconic world themes. The obverse is based on the popular Thale a. Harz Notgeld issue of 1922, with some modern updates and easter eggs in the design (see if you can find all of the creatures hidden in there besides the Wildman himself!) The reverse is an homage to the classic depictions from the Brunswick Thalers of the 16th and 17th Century.
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