The vast majority of silver bullion coins are struck in weights of 1 oz or less and feature flat design concepts. This 2015 Cook Islands Temple of Heaven Silver coin is anything but ordinary. Featuring 3.22 troy ounces of fine silver and a convex design on the reverse side, the 2015 100 Gram Cook Islands Temple of Heaven Silver coin is a rarity in the world of collectible coins.
- Limited worldwide mintage of only 999 coins!
- Features a unique, convex shape and antique finish.
- Ships in its original box including certificate of authenticity.
2015 100 Gram Cook Islands Temple of Heaven Silver Coins feature a one-of-a-kind depiction of China’s Temple of Heaven. This Cook Islands coin depicts the Caisson ceiling from inside the temple, as if you were standing inside looking up at the ceiling. The spider web design is an architectural centerpiece in East Asian ceilings, and is commonly found inside temples and palaces.
The New Zealand Mint created the convex design on the reverse side using a new four-layer minting technique. The process creates a deep, 3D appearance for the temple’s ceiling using four layers of design elements. Though it appears much deeper, the image of the Temple of Heaven ceiling is only 5 mm deep.
On the reverse side of the coin is the image of the Caisson ceiling from inside the Temple of Heaven. Located in the southeastern neighborhoods of central Beijing, the Temple of Heaven is an imperial sacrificial altar that was constructed in 1406. With so much intricate detail, there was room for only two small engravings on this side of the coin: “Temple of Heaven” and “2015.”
The obverse side bears the standard image of Queen Elizabeth II. Featured in a right-profile portrait, as designed by Ian Rank-Broadley, Her Majesty is surrounded by the engravings “Elizabeth II,” “Cook Islands,” and the face value of the coin.
The New Zealand Mint is a private mint located in the city of Auckland. In addition to producing numerous commemorative coin series, it also strikes circulation and commemorative coins for smaller Pacific nations nearby, including the Cook Islands. Only 999 of these coins will be struck, so it is important to act fast to capture one of these rare silver bullion products.
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