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From the sea to the air, Niue’s glow in the dark series features the Glowworm

From the sea to the air, Niue’s glow in the dark series features the Glowworm Another of the Mint of Polands many 17.5 gram silver nature coin series, Bioluminescent Animals has a slower release schedule than many of its siblings, just a single coin annually. Debuting last year with […]

Fascinating World of Birds series of proof silver coins from Niue continues with the Goldfinch

Fascinating World of Birds series of proof silver coins from Niue continues with the Goldfinch Very similar in concept and execution to the horse themed series we looked at yesterday, The Fascinating World of Birds is another of those signature series of nature coins the Mint of […]

Mans Best Friend: Horses, adds two new coins to a growing series from Niue Island

Mans Best Friend: Horses, adds two new coins to a growing series from Niue Island One of the many Mint of Poland coin series featuring animals from all corners of the globe, Mans Best Friends in its various incarnations stays nearer to home by showing off those […]

200 Years of the New York Stock Exchange marked on silver coin from Cameroon

200 Years of the New York Stock Exchange marked on silver coin from Cameroon Love it or hate it, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is one of the worlds most influential financial organisations and is now commemorating being in existence for two centuries. By market capitalization […]

2017 Niue 2 oz. Antique Silver Gods of War Ares Ultra High Relief – 30% price increase within 3 months!

The price of the 2017 Ares God of War 2 oz. silver coin – the first coin in the new Gods series – has increased with 30% within the time span of 3 months. This is the result of extremely high demand for both the coin and series. Buy yours from First Coin Company before the price go up further and to be ready for the next release in this exciting new series.

2017 $2 Niue Gods – Ares Ultra High Relief Silver Coin

2017 Ares God of War Coin: Ultra High Relief, Antique Finish, Partially Gold Gilded, Exceptional Design and More

The highly detailed 2017 Ares God of War 2 oz. silver coin comes struck in ultra high relief with an antique finish, partially gold gilded and with an exceptional design. This 2017 Niue coin, available for purchase at First Coin Company (FCC), is one of the low mintage coins and legal tender silver coins you don’t want to miss out on this year.

Ares 2 Oz. Silver Coin – First Coin in New Gods Series

The 2017 Niue 2 oz. Antique Silver Gods of War Ares Ultra High Relief, the first coin in a new coin series by the Mint of Poland, is absolutely breathtaking. Coins in this series, the Gods series, will focus on the gods of war in mythology.

2017 Ares God of War 2 oz. Silver Coin – Reverse

Reverse –  2017 $2 Niue Gods – Ares Ultra High Relief Silver Coin

The reverse of this two dollar coin features a super impressive scene of Ares – the Greek god of war – in full battle gear, leading his warriors into battle. He is holding a two-edged gold gilded sword in his right hand and a shield that features a gold gilded lion’s head in his left. All of this is minted in ultra high relief, leaving the impression that Ares and his warriors are about to step out of the coin. An ancient building is depicted to their right (or our left).

You’ve got to love those details, including the antique finish and gold gilded parts.

Inscriptions on the obverse of this 2 oz. silver coin include: “GODS” – in reference to the name of the series – and “ARES” – in refence to the Greek god of war himself.

Obverse – 2017 God of War – Ares 2 oz. Antique Silver Coin

The obverse of this 2017 antique finish coin shows a side portrait of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, as was done by British sculptor, Ian Rank-Broadley. The portrait is featured within a circle partially bordered by an interesting pattern.

2017 God of War – Ares 2 oz. Antique Silver Coin – Obverse

Inscriptions on this side of this 2017 Niue coin include: “IRB” – the initials of Rank-Broadley, “NIUE ISLAND 2017” – the issuing authority and the year of issue, “ELIZABETH II” – in reference to Her Majesty, “TWO DOLLARS” – in refence to the denomination (NZD) and “Ag 999” – in reference to the purity of its silver content.

Greek God of War – Greek Mythology

Ares, as previously noted – the Greek god of war in Greek Mythology – is the son of Zeus (the sky and thunder god) and Hera (the goddess of women and marriage).

Ares Greek God of War

Source of Image: TCHSgreekmythology

He is normally depicted as a god of great physical valor and brute strength – both qualities needed to be extremely destructive and successful in battle, especially during ancient times. The Greeks had at best mixed feelings about him. Firstly, Zeus referred to him as the most hateful god, secondly, he was on the losing side during the Trojan War – a highly important war in Greek mythology that took place against the city of Troy.

Being on the losing side of the Trojan War, might have contributed to his limited role in Greek mythology and humiliation in myths. However, reference is frequently made of his multiple love affairs and fruitful offspring – something most men will not frown upon. Interestingly, one of his lovers was the goddess of love, Aphrodite – spouse of the god of craftsmanship, Hephaestus.

Whether you love him or hate him, you’ve got to appreciate how he is depicted on the reverse of the Ares God of War Gods 2 Oz. Silver Coin 2$ Niue 2017 – one of the most impressive low mintage coins and legal tender silver coins seen in a long time.

Why purchase the 2017 Niue $2 Gods – Ares Ultra High Relief 2 oz. Silver Coin?

First Coin in New Coin Series: This is the first coin in the Gods series – a brand new coin series that will feature gods of war as depicted in mythology.

Best Coin Design 2017: It will come as no surprise if this coin comes out at the top in terms of best coin design for 2017. The design certainly has a wow effect incorporated into it.

Extremely High Quality: The Mint of Poland, known for minting coins of extremely high quality, has minted this coin deploying the latest in mint technology.

Ultra High Relief: The minting technology used made it possible to mint this coin in ultra high relief, which makes the details really stand out (see image below).

Ultra High Relief Ares Coin

Antique Finish: This two dollar coin boasts an antique finish – the result of special treatment, that gives it the appearance of an old coin.

Gold Gilded: The contrast between the gold gilded or plated areas (as mentioned above) and the antique finish helps to bring this coin to life.

Popular Collecting Theme: The gods of war in mythology makes for an interesting and exciting collecting theme.

Extremely Low Mintage Coin: Low mintage is not the only factor that determines the price of a coin. However, extremely low mintage coins such as this impressively designed, Ares God of War 2 oz. Ultra High Relief Silver Coin 2$ Niue 2017, certainly increases chances of seeing price increases.

Strong demand and a tiny mintage of only 500 worldwide, has already prompted a price increase from $230 to $300 in a short time span of 4 weeks! The retail price is protected by reputable world coin distributors.

Grab yours at First Coin Company before additional price increases that are almost guaranteed to come.

Niue Coin: This two dollar coin, one of the most impressive legal tender silver coins to surface in a long time, was struck under the authority of the island nation of Niue. This is testament to the integrity of its silver content, especially when purchased from a reliable dealer such as First Coin Company.

2 oz. silver coin – This 2017 Niue coin comes packed with 2 troy ounces of 99.9% pure silver. This creates a value platform beyond it collector’s value – the value collectors is willing to pay above and beyond the melt value of its silver content.

Stylish Packaging: Each coin comes seated within a stylish wooden box with CoA and colorful packaging.  

Free International Shipping: Pre-order your 2017 Ares God of War coin from official distributor, First Coin Company (FCC). Their price includes the cost of shipping, both in the US and internationally. They will also, where applicable, refund any tax or VAT incurred (as per their Terms & Conditions).

Code of the Future: First Release in New Series

The Mint of Poland is set to launch the first coin in a new series, namely the 2016 Code of the Future Artificial Intelligence 2 oz. High Relief Silver Coin – an uniquely designed high relief silver coin with more than one special future, including a glow in the dark feature made possible by the application of fluorescent ultra violet (UV) coloring. 

Niue Island Code of the Future Series Artificial Intelligence $2 Silver Coin 2016 Reverse

Niue Island 2016 Artificial Intelligence Code of the Future 2 oz. $2 Silver Coin - Obverse

Niue Island 2016 Artificial Intelligence Code of the Future 2 oz. $2 Silver Coin – Reverse

Code of the Future: New Technologies, Visions and Ideas

This new series, Code of the Future, will focus on new technologies, visions and ideas, especially in terms of state of the art scientific advancements in fields such as robotics when it comes to artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality and augmented reality.

The first coin in the series will focus on artificial intelligence, or in short AI – the intelligence shown by machines when it comes to performing tasks that require cognitive functions such as “learning” and “problem solving.”

2016 Code of the Future Artificial Intelligence $2 Glow in the Dark Coin: Reverse

The reverse of the low mintage masterpiece features what seems like a humanoid robot in color. It holds a colorized earth in its hand against a backdrop of endless computer code (see images above and below). The contrast between the colorized and non-colorized areas leaves a coin that is very easy on the eye, a coin with exceptional eye appeal.

robotic head

robotic hand

Furthermore, a computer’s motherboard is superimposed on the humanoid’s head, neck and shoulder area – this computer design glows in the dark as a result of the UV coloring applied. The “glow in the dark” effect can best be observed by holding the coin under a light source for about 30 seconds and then exposing it to complete darkness. 

Artificial Intelligence AI Code of the Future 2 oz. Silver Coin 2$ Niue 2016: Obverse

The obverse of this coin features an effigy of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, sculpted by famous British sculptor, Ian Rank-Broadley (IRB). The reduce-sized effigy can be seen on the lower part of the obverse to your left. It is depicted against a backdrop that includes a futuristic scene that seems to include an assembly line of humanoid robots and advanced means of air transport (see images below). 

2016 Niue AI Code of the Future coin - Obverse 1

2016 Niue AI Code of the Future coin Obverse

2016 Niue AI Code of the Future coin – Obverse

Inscriptions on this side of the coin include: “CODE OF THE FUTURE” (along with a string of code), “ELIZABETH II,” “NIUE 2016,” “2 DOLLARS” and the initials IRB –  in reference to Ian Rank-Broadley, the sculptor mentioned above.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) – Humanoid Robots and More

The ultimate aim of most AI-related robotics projects has not being achieved yet, namely the achievement of something that is termed: Full Artificial Intelligence (full AI). In essence, it is about the development of fully autonomous robots (robots with full AI). However, it seems to be only a matter of time before it will be achieved, especially considering the billions of dollars that are being invested in various AI-related projects around the globe.

iRobot Roomba 880 Vacuum Cleaning Robot

iRobot Roomba 880 Vacuum Cleaning Robot

Artificial Intelligence (AI) counts among the most exciting and interesting fields in robotics – and perhaps it should be added: controversial fields. It is one thing to build a robot that can work in an assembly line. It is an entirely different matter to build a human like robot that can act, learn and think like a human – a highly sophisticated and intelligent robot with AI.

Now it must be said that not all robots require AI. E.g. robotic vacuum cleaners are automatons (see image above). Automatons are robots that come with pre-programmed logic that enable it to clean while at the same time navigating obstacles. On the other hand, robots with semi to full AI are capable of “learning” for one (see the images below).

Companies such as Boston Dynamics and Hanson Robotics have made great progress, especially in terms of the development of humanoid robots – robots that in essence look, act, learn and think like humans.

Here are examples of a few that look extremely realistic and human like – such humanoid robots are called androids

Jules Built by Hanson Robotics

Jules Robot

Source of Image: Hanson Robotics

Jia Jia Built by the University of Science and Technology of China

Jia Jia Robot

Source of Image: South China Morning Post

Nadine Built by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Nadine robot

Source of Image: The Atlantic

According to Wikipedia a “…humanoid robot is a robot with its body shape built to resemble that of the human body. A humanoid design might be for functional purposes, such as interacting with human tools and environments, for experimental purposes, such as the study of bipedal locomotion, or for other purposes. In general, humanoid robots have a torso, a head, two arms, and two legs, though some forms of humanoid robots may model only part of the body, for example, from the waist up. Some humanoid robots also have heads designed to replicate human facial features such as eyes and mouths. Androids are humanoid robots built to aesthetically resemble humans.

Other humanoid robots look a lot less human, but is still classified as humanoid robots. Here are examples of a couple, including DRC-HUBO that won the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) in California last year (2015):

DRC-HUBO Built by Team KAIST, South Korea

DRC-HUBO

Source of Image: I4U News

Atlas Built by Boston Dynamics

Atlas Robot

Source of Image: Fox News

Then of course there are other types of robots with limited to no AI that don’t resemble humans at all:

KUKA KR AGILUS – Fastest Robot on Earth

KUKA KR AGILUS

Source of Image: MailOnline

Is Artificial Intelligence (AI) really that important? Does it have a future at all? Is full AI even possible? Is it dangerous?

There are probably a 101 questions similar to the above that one could ask when it comes to AI, especially when it comes to the development of fully autonomous robots. We’re at this stage left with more questions than answers, but if we’re honest with ourselves, we have to admit that AI is already playing a major part in our lives today. Let me explain…

Business magnate, engineer and inventor – Elon Musk – is of the opinion that there is just a “one in billions” chance that the human race is not living in a computer simulation (see the video below):

Is life a video game? – Elon Musk – Code Conference 2016

His point of view certainly has merit, especially when one considers that a large part of our lives are being conducted in an artificial world – a world powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and extremely smart computers as depicted in The Matrix (see below).

https://youtu.be/V5YiuNL2A6M

We might easily get to a point – as computer simulations get better and better – where it will be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to differentiate between the real world and that which is merely a simulation. To demonstrate how easily the mind can be fooled…

Virtual Barber Shop (Audio – Use Headphones, Close Your Eyes)

The successful development of fully autonomous robots (full AI robots) in the months and years to come is certainly a possibility that we cannot disregard. More than one narrow AI or semi-autonomous robot have already been developed – mostly for peaceful purposes such as helping to find missing people, for educational purposes and such.

Or to re-phrase: Semi-autonomous robots have been and are being developed under the guise of only wanting to help out humanity. The reality though is that these robots can relatively easily be weaponized and turned into something that kill indiscriminately.

General Atomics MQ-1 Predator

General Atomics MQ-1 Predator

I mean, how long after the advent of drones did it take before they weaponized unmanned air vehicles (UAVs)? Before they started to kill people indiscriminately at weddings, while sitting thousand of miles away? This while UAVs were initially only used for peaceful purposes – mainly to observe. 

Elon Musk for one is of the opinion that certain types of AI could threaten our very existence, especially when powerful AI is concentrated in the hands of a few…

 

To give you an idea of what the world could look like if bad actors get to control powerful AI (or when fully autonomous robots simply take over and turn against us)…

Terminator: Genisys Official Trailer

I, Robot – Official Trailer

Fallout 4 – Launch Trailer

Half Life 3 – Official Trailer

Ex Machina Official Trailer

On the other hand, wide spread and powerful AI, not concentrated within the hands of a few, could serve humanity in a peaceful manner (or at least live in harmony with us)…

Wall-E Official Trailer

RoboCop Official Trailer

A.I. Artificial Intelligence – Official Trailer

Hanson Robotics, the creator of androids such as Jules pictured above, is one of the companies that wishes to see a world where man and machine will work together for a better future. This is why the robots they build are powered by friendly and emphatic, advanced AI software – software that helps to ensure that robots will remain friendly towards people. However, companies such as Boston Dynamics are developing robots for military applications as well. Needless to say, powerful AI of the wrong kind could be extremely dangerous in the wrong hands. 

The State of Artificial Intelligence

Why buy the 2016 Code of the Future Artificial Intelligence 2 oz. High Relief Silver Coin?

Reasons not to miss out on the opportunity to buy this impressive 2016 Niue silver coin include, but are not limited to (in no specific order):

First Coin in New Series

This is the first coin in the brand new Code of the Future series by the Mint of Poland. The first coin issued in a series normally tends to do better than other coins issued in a series, especially in instances where the market plays catch up later on to require a low mintage coin.

Antique Finish

The non-colorized areas on this coin comes in a hand applied antique finish, which makes each coin unique in its own right. 

High Relief

Parts of the coin come in high relief, which make certain elements really stand out. See the image below.

2016 Code of the Future Artificial Intelligence 2 oz. Silver Coin – High Relief

Design Work

As can be seen from the image above, a colorized humanoid robot with a computer’s motherboard superimposed on its head, neck and shoulder area is featured on the reverse of this coin. The robot is holding a colorized version of the earth in its hand. This makes for an absolute stunning coin, the best I’ve seen in terms of the subject in hand, namely artificial intelligence (AI). 

50 mm Diameter

The 50 mm diameter of this 2 oz. silver coin leaves ample space for the design to really stand out. This compares well to the 40.6 mm diameter of the American Silver Eagle (ASE) – America’s favorite silver bullion coin. 

Low Mintage – Only 500 Worldwide

The 2016 Niue AI Code of the Future coin will see a total worldwide mintage of only 500 coins. Low mintage alone doesn’t determine the likability of a coin in the marketplace. However, low mintage combined with great design, precious metals content and more can be a winning combination, especially when there is great demand for a coin. 

Silver Content

This solid silver coin comes packed with 2 oz. of .999 fine silver. This means that 99.9% of its 62.20 g weight comes packed with silver. Its silver content adds a protective value floor beyond the collector’s value of the coin. This certainly adds to the appeal of an already impressive coin. 

Glow in the Dark

The computer design on the reverse of this coin glows in the dark – fluorescent UV effect. For best results – place it under a light source for 30 seconds prior to holding it in the dark to see how it lights up.

Serial Number

Each coin comes with an unique serial number that can be seen on both the coin and its associated Certificate of Authenticity (CoA).

Presentation and Packaging

This 2 oz. Niue silver coin ships in a luxurious wooden box and a colorful shipper with individually numbered CoA. See images the below.

Niue Island 2016 Artificial Intelligence Code of the Future 2 oz. $2 Silver Coin - Colorful Shipper

Niue Island 2016 Artificial Intelligence Code of the Future 2 oz. $2 Silver Coin – Colorful Shipper

2016 Niue AI Code of the Future coin - Presentation and Packaging

2016 Niue AI Code of the Future coin – Presentation and Packaging

Specs: Niue Island 2016 Artificial Intelligence Code of the Future 2 oz. $2 Silver Coin

2016 ai coin specs

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Volcano Mount Vesuvius Coin – Second Coin in Volcanoes Coin Series

The Mint of Poland has just released the 2015 2 oz. Volcano Mount Vesuvius high relief silver coin. This antique finish, convex, dome silver coin is the second coin in the Volcanoes coin series. This exciting series kicked off with the launch of the Volcano Erta Ale Coin last year. All coins in the series come with real lava inlays from the volcanoes featured – making it a great addition to any collection. 

Mount Vesuvius Coin 1

Mount Vesuvius Coin 2

Mount Vesuvius Coin 3

Mount Vesuvius – Most Active Volcano on European Mainland

The second coin in the Volcanoes coin series features stratovolcano, Mount Vesuvius, located in the Gulf of Naples, Italy. This volcano is well-known for its destruction of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in AD 79. Interestingly enough, Mount Vesuvius erupted and released a 1000 times the thermal energy that was released during the Hiroshima bombing, destroying the two mentioned cities along with several other Roman settlements – an example of the immense power nature can muster!

Mount Vesuvius

Source of Image: Bing Wallpaper

Volcano Mount Vesuvius is believed to be one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world, especially considering its tendency towards violent, explosive eruptions. It is the only volcano that erupted within the last 100 years on the European mainland. This happened on March 18, 1944 and lasted for 2 weeks. The Allies stationed nearby during WWII had to evacuate on March 22. When they returned on March 30, they discovered that all 88 aircraft stationed there were destroyed!

Mount Vesuvius Bodies

Source of Image: LiveScience

Despite the above, an estimated 3 million people live near Mount Vesuvius today. The risk of an interruption of the size that destroyed those Roman cities in AD 79 is just as real today as it was in the past. This makes Mount Vesuvius both fascinating and dangerous at the same time – the Volcano Mount Vesuvius coin listed here is an excellent opportunity to own a piece of Mount Vesuvius and its rich history.

Mount Vesuvius Coin 4

Mount Vesuvius Coin 5

Why should you be interested in this coin?

  • Extremely limited worldwide mintage (688 coins maximum).
  • Second coin in Volcanoes coin series.
  • Three nines fine silver (99.9% pure silver).
  • Unique Dome & Convex shaped design – Ultra High Relief 8mm, Antique finish.
  • Real lave inlay from Pompeii, Italy.
  • Luxury gift box.
  • Ideal gift, business and otherwise.

Mount Vesuvius Coin 6

Source of Coin Images: First Coin Company

Niue Island VOLCANO VESUVIUS POMPEII Silver coin $2 Ultra High Relief 2015 Concave Convex 2 oz

Be sure to get more information here.

Niue 2015 2$ Winter Palace Belvedere Vienna 2 Oz Antique Finish Silver Coin with Amethyst Inlay

The latest addition to the Winter Palace Series, the second in the series, features a breath-taking rendition of the interior decoration of the Belvedere in Vienna, Austria. This extremely detailed and limited mintage silver coin boasts a real purple amethyst inlay.

The exquisite Niue 2015 2$ Winter Palace Belvedere Vienna 2 oz Silver Coin, another smashing piece by the Mint of Poland, is an absolute work of art captured in an antique finish and ultra high relief. It was produced by using innovative ArtCam minting technology.

Niue 2015 2$ Winter Palace Belvedere Vienna 2 Oz Antique Finish Silver Coin Real Amethyst Inlay

Niue 2015 2$ Winter Palace Belvedere Vienna 2 Oz Antique Finish Silver Coin with Real Amethyst Inlay

Belvedere Vienna –Antique Finish – High Relief – 2 Oz Silver Coin

Both the obverse and reverse of this coin are highly detailed and unique in more than one way:

Obverse: 2015 Winter Palace Belvedere Vienna Coin – Niue Island

The obverse of this 2 oz antique finish high relief silver coin features a real amethyst inlay. It also features the interior design of one of the Baroque palaces that form part of the historic Belvedere building complex in Vienna.

Niue 2015 2$ Winter Palace Belvedere Vienna 2 Oz Antique Finish Silver Coin Obverse

Niue 2015 2$ Winter Palace Belvedere Vienna 2 Oz Antique Finish Silver Coin – Obverse

An effigy of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, graces the obverse of this 2015 Winter Palace Belvedere Vienna coin.

This effigy is located within a unique depiction of a “coin on a coin” with the inscriptions: “Elizabeth II”, “Niue Island”, “2015” and “Ag 999”. This leaves one with the impression that it is not the reverse of a coin, but rather a coin that was included in a work of art.

The inscriptions “Winter Palace” and “2 Dollars” can be found along the rim or edge of this 2015 Niue silver coin.

Reverse: 2015 Winter Palace Belvedere Vienna Coin – Niue Island

The same amethyst that protrudes from the obverse of this coin can be seen on the reverse of this coin. This violet variety of quartz will probably not prevent intoxication as the ancient Greeks believed, but this semiprecious purple stone certainly adds to the exquisite beauty of this 2015 antique finish silver coin. 

Niue 2015 2$ Winter Palace Belvedere Vienna 2 Oz Antique Finish Silver Coin Reverse

Niue 2015 2$ Winter Palace Belvedere Vienna 2 Oz Antique Finish Silver Coin – Reverse

The reverse includes the inscription “Belvedere Vienna” and a scene depicting part of the interior design of this winter castle complex.

Presentation and Packaging

Each Niue 2015 2$ Winter Palace Belvedere Vienna 2 oz Silver Coin comes seated in a stylish gift box with a colorful depiction of the Winter Palace Belvedere.
Niue 2015 2$ Winter Palace Belvedere Vienna 2 Oz Antique Finish Silver Coin Elegant Gift Box

Niue 2015 2$ Winter Palace Belvedere Vienna 2 Oz Antique Finish Silver Coin – Elegant Gift Box

Why should you be interested in this 2015 Niue Winter Palace Coin?

  • Second coin in series that started 2014  – Winter Palace Series by the Mint of Poland.
  • Extremely limited mintage (666 coins maximum).
  • Antique finish, high relief silver coin.
  • 2 oz three nines fine silver (99.9% pure silver).
  • Real purple amethyst inlay.
  • Stylish gift box with Certificate of Authenticity (CoA).
  • Perfect gift for any occasion, business and otherwise.

Niue 2015 2$ Winter Palace Belvedere Vienna 2 Oz Antique Finish Silver Coin 1

Niue 2015 2$ Winter Palace Belvedere Vienna 2 Oz Antique Finish Silver Coin 2

Niue 2015 2$ Winter Palace Belvedere Vienna 2 Oz Antique Finish Silver Coin – Detailed Artwork in Ultra High Relief

Source of Above Images: First Coin Company

Specifications

Coin Weight and Metal: 2 Troy oz of 99.9% pure silver

Coin Finish: Antique

Inlay: Amethyst

Coin Diameter: 50 mm

Coin Denomination: $2

Year of Issue: 2015

Coin Mintage: 666

Country of Issue: Niue Island

Mint: Mint of Poland

Ordering Information

This work of art can be ordered from the official world and exclusive distributor of this coin in the United States, namely First Coin Company. They offer free international shipping and will even go as far as to refund any local customs fees charged. Use discount code NCRBELVE to get a special discount of 5%.

2015 $1 Niue Island “MOON” 1 oz. Silver Coin with Antique Finish – Ultra High Relief Convex Shape with Real Moon Meteorite

Author: K. Paul Sankey

The recent popularity of the domed or convex coin due to its unique shape and the ease in which it can be molded to symbolize the subject matter in ways a normal coin cannot, while still retaining the look of a coin, has caused mints from around the world to strike versions of their own. The domed coins first made its debut back in 2009 with France and their 10 Euro International Year of Astronomy silver proof coin. Until recently there were only a few more domed style coins struck with the most widely known being the Royal Australian Mint’s three coin Southern Sky series. In 2014 the United State Mint got involved with the extremely popular Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coins. Now there are over 15 truly domed silver coins in circulation with over half minted in 2014 and early 2015. So the unique factor is quickly fading and for these to remain popular to collectors innovations need to be made. The subject matter for these types of coins has mainly revolved around, and done very well with, astronomy and sports with a few exceptions like one of the more recent releases – The National Bank of Poland’s 2015 100 Years of Warsaw University 14 gram Silver Proof Coin. Now the Mint of Poland is at it again, but setting themselves apart, with the Niue Island “Moon” Antique Finish Ultra High Relief 1 oz. .999 pure silver convex coin with a real moon meteorite!

2015 $1 Niue Island “MOON” 1 oz. Silver Coin with Antique Finish - Reverse

2015 $1 Niue Island “MOON” 1 oz. Silver Coin with Antique Finish – Reverse

2015 $1 Niue Island “MOON” 1 oz. Silver Coin with Antique Finish - Obverse

2015 $1 Niue Island “MOON” 1 oz. Silver Coin with Antique Finish – Obverse

The “MOON”

The 2015 Niue Island Moon Coin uses every detail, the ultra-high relief, antique finish and the shape of the convex coin to its advantage in creating the most visually stunning replica of the Earth’s only natural satellite. Due to the convex nature of this coin it is the first ever that shows 100% of the correct form and surface of the moon with multiple craters in high relief. No previous Moon coin has been able to accomplish this. The 2014 Congo Convex Moon Galileo coin does not show perfect relief or real atmosphere of the moon’s surface. The 2015 Niue Island Moon coin brings our moon to life with details and a 3D feeling in the palm of your hand. With only a mintage of 686, I feel due to the quality and subject matter of this coin demand will greatly outweigh this miniscule mintage. First Coin Company is the exclusive distributor for the United States and the official distributor worldwide. They are taking pre-orders for 169.90$ with expected delivery in April but this price may not last after the first few days of sales due to this unique design with real moon meteorite – The lunar slice that inlay in each coin is believed by scientists to have been ejected from the moon’s crust after a large impact event – and a very limited mintage. This is also the first coin of a new unique series about the Solar System.

Newcoinrelease.com readers will get a 4% discount on the purchase of the 2015 Niue Island “MOON” Ultra High Relief Convex Coin with real Moon Meteorite by using the coupon code “NCRMOON” at checkout. Free shipping worldwide.

2015 $1 Niue Island “MOON” 1 oz. Silver Coin with Antique Finish

The Moon (Latin: Luna) is Earth’s only natural satellite. Although not the largest natural satellite in the Solar System, among the satellites of major planets it is the largest relative to the size of the object it orbits (its primary). It is the second-densest satellite among those whose densities are known (after Jupiter’s satellite Io).

The Moon is thought to have formed approximately 4.5 billion years ago, not long after Earth. Although there have been several hypotheses for its origin in the past, the current most widely accepted explanation is that the Moon formed from the debris left over after a giant impact between Earth and a Mars-sized body.

The Moon is in synchronous rotation with Earth, always showing the same face with its near side marked by dark volcanic Maria that fill between the bright ancient crustal highlands and the prominent impact craters. It is the second-brightest regularly visible celestial object in Earth’s sky (after the Sun), as measured by illuminance on Earth’s surface. Although it can appear a very bright white, its surface is actually dark, with a reflectance just slightly higher than that of worn asphalt. Its prominence in the sky and its regular cycle of phases has, since ancient times, made the Moon an important cultural influence on language, calendars, art, and mythology.

The Moon’s gravitational influence produces the ocean tides and the slight lengthening of the day. The Moon’s current orbital distance is about thirty times the diameter of Earth, causing it to have an apparent size in the sky almost the same as that of the Sun. This allows the Moon to cover the Sun nearly precisely in total solar eclipse. This matching of apparent visual size is a coincidence. The Moon’s linear distance from Earth is currently increasing at a rate of 3.82 ± 0.07 centimeters (1.504 ± 0.028 in) per year, but this rate is not constant.

The Soviet Union’s Luna programme was the first to reach the Moon with unmanned spacecraft in 1959; the United States’ NASA Apollo program achieved the only manned missions to date, beginning with the first manned lunar orbiting mission by Apollo 8 in 1968, and six manned lunar landings between 1969 and 1972, with the first being Apollo 11. These missions returned over 380 kg of lunar rocks, which have been used to develop a geological understanding of the Moon’s origin, the formation of its internal structure, and its subsequent history. After the Apollo 17 mission in 1972, the Moon has been visited by only unmanned spacecraft. [Excerpt from First Coin Company’s product page]

North West Africa 8609

North West Africa 8609

MOON meteorite NWA 8609:

The lunar slice that inlay in each coin is taken from NWA 8609 or North West Africa 8609 which is an official meteorite name. Scientists believe this meteorite had been ejected from the moon’s crust after a large impact event. It was discovered in 2014 and reportedly found in Morocco.  NWA 8605’s Classification is Lunar meteorite (feldspathic breccia) – A lunar meteorite is a meteorite that is known to have originated on the Moon. This is 1 of 54 approved meteorites of this classification. It was found in one piece with a mass of 45 grams, 9.0 grams were taken from the main mass for testing and verification – those 9.0 g, including a probe mount, is on deposit at the University of New Mexico, Institute of Meteoritics.

Physical characteristics of the meteorite are that it’s was a single stone with a dark brown, irregular weathered surface. A saw cut reveals a range of light and dark mm-size clasts and mineral fragments set in a dark-gray matrix.

Moon Coins

Why should you be interested in this coin?

  • Extremely limited (686 coins maximum)
  • Piece of real moon meteorite inset in coin
  • Antique finish
  • Ultra high relief domed/convex coin
  • Three nines fine silver (99.9% pure silver)
  • First coin in a new Solar System series
  • Luxury themed wooden box and C.O.A. included

Specs

  • Country: Niue Island
  • Metal: 1 Troy oz. of 99.9% pure silver
  • Finish: Antique
  • Diameter: 38.61mm
  • Edge: Smooth
  • Denomination: 1 Dollar
  • Year of Issue: 2015
  • Mintage: 686

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2015 Niue Island “MOON” Coin