Modern minting technology has made possible extraordinary examples of ultra high-relief coins, featuring some of the most detailed medallic artwork to be found anywhere and highly prized by investors and collectors. One of the latest great examples of this art is the 2022 2 oz Silver Cook Islands Matterhorn Coin issued by the Cook Islands dependency of New Zealand, an exquisite collectors’ item now available from Silver.com.
- Arrives in an individual plastic protective capsule!
- Issued in 2022 using smartminting technology!
- Limited mintages!
- Consists of Two Troy ounces of .999 Fine Silver.
- Face value of $10 (NZD) from the Cook Islands.
- The obverse side features a strikingly detailed image of one of the world’s most famous mountain peaks.
- The reverse side features a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.
Ultra high-relief coins are so-called because their details and design, thanks to the technology employed in the striking process, stand out even more vividly from their brilliant surfaces than would be the case with a high-relief coin. In the case of the 2022 Silver Cook Islands Matterhorn Coin, this is the result of proprietary smartminting technology that provides the extraordinary detail of its inscriptions. Silver.com makes this prized item available to you in perfect condition in individual plastic capsules, shipped under full insurance against loss or damage en route.
The coin is named for the artwork of the famous mountain peak — the Matterhorn on the border between the Swiss and Italian Alps — that graces it. The Matterhorn has long been one of the world’s best-known mountains, capturing the imaginations and ambitions of alpine adventurers across the globe since the first recorded attempt to ascend it in 1865. Though that expedition resulted tragically in three deaths, this has not deterred explorers and thrill-seekers from trying its snowy slopes ever since.
The obverse side features medallic art of the snow-covered Matterhorn displayed in its most iconic profile and showing the same path taken during the first ascent, with its east and north faces converging at the peak called Hörnligrat. It’s accompanied by the inscription “MATTER-/HORN” and a notation of the height of the highest summit, “4,478 meters,” paired with an ice ax.
The reverse side shows an inscription of a profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II originally designed by Ian Rank-Broadley and since familiar from circulation coins in many Commonwealth nations. It carries the inscriptions “Queen Elizabeth II,” “10 Dollars,” “2002,” and “Cook Islands.”
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