Wholeheartedly agreed. The design of real coins is a function of taste in a framework of time, place, culture, and above all circumstances. I marvel at two-dimensional heads, silhouetted with a single line on early medieval coin and find a detailed copy of a painted portrait of Henry VIII on a modern coin exceptionally boring. I think the peacock on the Flemish coin I showed is creative and elegant, but the Franklin Mint zoo on coins will not get a second look from me. OK, quite personal, your mileage will vary etc., but I think interesting coins have a message and a background: a story to tell that doesn't end with the coin itself and may involve a drunk Singhalese, an ancient pyramid in a forlorn landscape (once I'd climbed the pyramid, the coin took on another dimension) or a prize buffalo in a zoo.