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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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2016 3D Red Glider Butterfly Silver Proof

2016 3D Red Glider Butterfly Silver Proof

Downies is delighted to have secured an allocation of the 2016 3D Red Glider Butterfly Silver Proof – the latest in one of the world’s most sought after series!

Defined by magnificent bright red wings that sit above the crown-sized 38.61mm flan, this 25g 99.9% pure silver Proof coin was always destined to mirror the barnstorming success of its predecessors. No surprise, the popularity of the 3D concept saw the mintage of 2,500 heavily oversubscribed. Knowing of the likely demand, we acted at super speed, and snapped up a small number.

This innovative full-colour 3D coin is now available at downies.com – along with THREE other sparkling brand new releases from CIT!

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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

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World’s First-Ever Spherical Shaped Coin Is Here – Limited Quantity Available!

2015 Niue $7 7 oz. Proof Silver Spherical Seven New Wonders of the World

World’s First-Ever Spherical Coin Is Here!

This proof $7 coin with Swarovski® elements contains

7 oz. of spherical-shaped silver!

For the first time ever in the history of coins, a coin has been minted that is completely spherical! Issued by the Mint of Poland, this extraordinary design displays a seamless image of the world in the form of a small silver globe. Marked on the globe are the 7 Wonders of World, all located with a stunning Swarovski® crystal.

As an official distributor of the Mint of Poland, ModernCoinMart (MCM) was able to receive a small allocation of this hot new release. Quantities are very limited, so don’t miss your opportunity to add this world first to your collection!

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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.

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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

Mesopotamia – First Coin in the Imperial Art Coin Series

The extremely limited mintage, high relief, antique finish Mesopotamia Imperial Art Agate Crystal 2 Oz Silver Coin 2$ Niue 2014 is the first coin in a new coin series by The Mint of Poland, namely the Imperial Art series. This first coin in the new coin series presents the ancient civilization of Mesopotamia, while the second coin in the series will present the ancient civilization of Egypt. Only 500 of these coins will be minted and distributed worldwide.

Obverse

The coin features Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, on its obverse. This is in acknowledgement of the British Empire, the largest empire in recorded history. It also features the Palace of King Sargon II in Khorsabad (Dur-Sharrukin), the Lamassu, which is a sculpture of a bull with a human face that originated from Sumerian tradition, and a bust of King Sargon II on its obverse.

Mesopotamia Imperial Art Agate Crystal 2 Oz Silver Coin 2$ Niue 2014 Obverse

Mesopotamia Imperial Art Agate Crystal 2 Oz Silver Coin 2$ Niue 2014 – Obverse

Reverse

The Cuneiform, a fragment of the Code of Hummurabi, the River Euphrates, the Ishtar Gate and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, are featured on the reverse of the coin.

Mesopotamia Imperial Art Agate Crystal 2 Oz Silver Coin 2$ Niue 2014 Reverse 1

Mesopotamia Imperial Art Agate Crystal 2 Oz Silver Coin 2$ Niue 2014 – Reverse

All of the above fit in with the theme of the Imperial Art series, namely: Art, architecture and the achievements of the greatest civilizations and empires.

Green Agate Crystal

Each Mesopotamia Imperial Art Agate Crystal 2 Oz Silver Coin 2$ Niue 2014 also has an inlay of green agate crystal, which symbolizes the rich vegetation of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon as well as the rich lands in the river basins of the rivers, Tigris and Euphrates.

Palace of King Sargon II in Khorsabad (Dur-Sharrukin) and Lamassu

The palace of the Assyrian king Sargon II, who ruled from 721 to 705 BC, is located in modern day Khorsabad or a city that was known as Dur-Sharrukin during ancient times, which means “the fortress of Sargon”. This city was built during the reign of king Sargon II to serve as a capital city. It was discovered among other buildings between 1842 and 1844 by Paul-Emile Botta. He was a French archaeologist.

Lamassu

Lamassu – Source of Image: The British Museum

Interesting enough, a pair of colossal human-headed winged bulls was left behind when the French abandoned the site. These magical creatures or hybrid, Assyrian protective deities called Lamassu, who once guarded an entrance to the palace of king Sargon II, were at 16 tons of alabaster each, simply too heavy to move. This was until 1849 when Henry Rawlinson, a British subject, bought them from the French consul and had them moved by having them sawn into several bits.

The Cuneiform

The Cuneiform counts among the oldest systems of writing. It was used to for one write down the Code of Hammurabi, which is a set of Babylonian laws of ancient Mesopotamia that dates back to 1754 BC.

Code of Hammurabi

Code of Hammurabi – Source of Image: Wikipedia

The laws contained in the Code of Hammurabi, one of the oldest deciphered writings of significant length in the world, covers subjects ranging from slander to food. E.g. it is stated in Ex. Law #22: “If any one is committing a robbery and is caught, then he shall be put to death” and in Ex. Law #196: “If a man destroy the eye of another man, they shall destroy his eye. If one break a man’s bone, they shall break his bone. If one destroy the eye of a freeman or break the bone of a freeman he shall pay one mana of silver. If one destroy the eye of a man’s slave or break a bone of a man’s slave he shall pay one-half his price.

The ancients seem to have had a much better idea of what justice entails than what the status quo is today.

The River Euphrates

The 1,740 mi (2,800 km) long Euphrates, a river of great historical significance, is the longest river of Western Asia. It runs from eastern Turkey through Syria and Iraq to connect with the Tigris in the Shatt al-Arab, which in turn, empties into the Persian Gulf. Together with the Tigris, it is one of the two most notable and defining rivers of Mesopotamia.

The River Euphrates

The River Euphrates – Source of Image: FlickRiver.com

The Ishtar Gate

The Ishtar Gate, constructed by order of King Nebuchadnezzar II on the North side of the city of Babylon around 575 BC, was dedicated to the Babylonian goddess Ishtar. It was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World when it was part of the Walls of Babylon. This was until it was replaced by the Lighthouse of Alexandria in the third century BC. It was excavated in the beginning of the 20th century. A reconstruction, using the original glazed bricks, can be seen in the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, Germany.

The Ishtar Gate

The Ishtar Gate – Source of Image: Wikipedia

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, as previously mentioned, were one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. What makes it even more remarkable is that it were the only wonder of the ancient world whose location cannot be established with 100% certainty.

Hanging Gardens of Babylon

Artist depiction of Hanging Gardens of Babylon – Source of Image: Wikipedia

In fact, no definitive archaeological evidence exists to proof that the Hanging Gardens of Babylon ever existed. If it existed, it was probably destroyed after the first century AD. Given the lack of evidence, it seems to be only the romantic ideal of an eastern garden by ancient Greek and Roman writers such as Quintus Curtius Rufus, Strabo and Diodorus Siculus. Needless to say, it is quite funny that the romantic ideal of a few ancient writers is seen as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Safe to say, that if the Hanging Gardens of Babylon existed, it could rightly be seen as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Why should you be interested in the Mesopotamia Imperial Art Agate Crystal coin?

  • Extremely limited (500 coins worldwide).
  • First coin in new “Imperial Art” coin series.
  • High relief, antique finish.
  • Individually numbered – Edge of coin + Certificate of Authenticity (CoA).
  • 2 oz of three nines fine silver (99.9% pure silver).
  • Features one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, namely the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
  • Exclusive coin minted by The Mint of Poland.
  • New minting technology that makes tiny details visible.
  • Contains inlay of real green agate crystal.
  • Each coin comes in a luxury gift box and elegant case.
  • Ideal gift for any occasion, business and otherwise.

Mesopotamia Imperial Art Agate Crystal 2 Oz Silver Coin 2$ Niue 2014 - CoA

Mesopotamia Imperial Art Agate Crystal 2 Oz Silver Coin 2$ Niue 2014 – CoA

Mesopotamia Imperial Art Agate Crystal 2 Oz Silver Coin 2$ Niue 2014 - Themed Case

Mesopotamia Imperial Art Agate Crystal 2 Oz Silver Coin 2$ Niue 2014 – Themed Case

Mesopotamia Imperial Art Agate Crystal 2 Oz Silver Coin 2$ Niue 2014 - Wooden Box

Mesopotamia Imperial Art Agate Crystal 2 Oz Silver Coin 2$ Niue 2014 – Wooden Box

Drawbacks

  • Affordability may be an issue for some, but First Coin Company offers a special 8% discount (Discount Code: MESO12). In addition, only 1 coin will be issued in the series per year, which makes it quite manageable in terms of the overall cost.

Specs

Metal: 2 Troy oz of 99.9% pure silver

Year of Issue: 2014

Country: Niue Island

Weight: 62.60 g

Diameter: 50 mm

Denomination (NZD): $2

Quality/finish: High relief, antique finish.

Mintage: 500

How to Be a Proud Owner of this Exclusive Coin

First Coin Companythe exclusive distributor of this coin in the United States and also official international distributor, is the best place to purchase the Mesopotamia Imperial Art Agate Crystal 2 Oz Silver Coin. They offer a special discount of 8% (Discount Code: MESO12), free worldwide shipping and even go as far as to refund duties and taxes if any. Be sure to get more information here.

Update: Update: First Coin Company will place a few coins with unique serial numbers on their website soon. These coins will have a higher price due to its uniqueness. 

Niue Island SECRETS of PENA $2 Silver Coin Crystal Art Series 2014 High Relief Antique Finish 2 oz

The Niue Island Secrets of Pena 2 oz Crystal Art $2 silver coin is the third issue in the Crystal Art coin series by the Poland Mint. The first two coins in the series are the Niue Island Secrets of Lichtenstein 2 oz Crystal Art $2 silver coin (2012) and the Niue Island Mysteries of Wawel 2 oz Crystal Art $2 silver coin (2013).

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Mintage of the Niue Island Secrets of Pena 2 oz Crystal Art $2 silver coin is limited to 688 coins, which makes it extremely limited and highly sought after, especially considering that the mintage for the first two coins in the series was respectively, 999 coins per issue. This is not even to mention the success of the first two coins in the series this far, especially the first coin that was issued in the series, namely the Secrets of Lichtenstein coin that was issued in 2012.

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The Niue Island Secrets of Pena 2 oz Crystal Art $2 silver coin has a real Green Agate crystal inlay and depicts the Pena National Palace in Portugal, which is located in São Pedro de Penaferrim on top of a hill above the town of Sintra.

The Pena National Palace

The Pena National Palace – Source of Image: Wikipedia

The palace, a national monument and declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, is known in Portuguese as the Palácio Nacional da Pena and is seen as one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal. It was declared a national monument after the 5 October 1910 revolution in Portugal, when more or less 2,000 soldiers and sailors of the Portuguese Republican Party, carried out a coup d’état in which they did away with the constitutional monarchy and formed a republican regime in Portugal.

5 October 1910 revolution

5 October 1910 Revolution – Source of Image: Wikipedia

Queen Amelie

Queen Amélia – Source of Image: Wikipedia

It should therefore not come as much of a surprise that Queen Amélia, the last queen of Portugal, spent her last night at the Pena National Palace before she fled to France. She visited Portugal for the last time in 1945 and died on 25 October 1951 in Le Chesnay, France, at the age of 86.

The Pena National Palace has a remarkable history…

The history of the Pena National Palace started during the Middle Ages (or Medieval period) when a chapel was built on top of the hill above Sintra. The chapel was built in honor of Our Lady of Pena and construction, as per tradition, only started after an apparition of the Virgin Mary.

The Chapel

The Chapel – Source of Image: Wikipedia

The chapel was visited by several monarchs, including King John II and his wife Queen Leonor in 1493, as well as King Manuel I. The last king mentioned was so impressed by it that he ordered the construction of a monastery which housed no more than 18 monks. It is the very same monastery that was severely damaged by lightning in the 18th century and later reduced to ruins by the Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755, when Lisbon and the surrounding areas were almost completely destroyed. It is estimated that between 10,000 and 100,000 people lost their lives, making it one of the deadliest earthquakes in recorded history.

The ruins were left untouched for many years until King Consort, Ferdinand II, bought the old monastery, the surrounding  lands, a few other estates in the area and the nearby Castle of Moors in 1838. He gave instructions to Baron Wilhelm Ludwig von Eschwege, a Lieutenant-General, mining engineer and German amateur architect, to transform what was left of the monastery into a Romantic style palace that could be used by the Portuguese royal family as a summer residence.

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The depiction of a newt, symbolizing the allegory of creation of the world – Source of Image: Wikipedia

Construction started in 1842 and ended in 1854. The palace would have been completed in 1847, but King Ferdinand and Queen Maria II were very decisive on matters of symbolism and decoration. E.g. the King’s suggestions, or rather instructions, included the addition of vault arches and both Medieval and Islamic elements. The King even went so far as to design an ornate window for the main façade, which was inspired by chapter house window of the Convent of the Order of Christ in Tomar. However, it is certainly nothing out of the ordinary when one learns that Ferdinand II was not only a highly intelligent, but also an artistically-minded individual with modern and liberal ideas.

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The Arches Yard, chapel and clock tower – Source of Image:  Wikipedia

The Pena National Palace became the possession of King Ferdinand’s second wife, Countess of Edla, Elisa Hensler, when the King passed away at age 69 on 15 December 1885 in Lisbon, Portugal. Interesting enough the King was born on 29 October 1816 in Vienna, Austria, as a German prince of the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. He was proclaimed King Dom Fernando II after the birth of his son, Dom Pedro V of Portugal, on 16 September 1837, but his reign as King ended after the death of his wife, Queen Maria II, to whom the ruling power belonged according to Portuguese Law. He received an offer to assume the throne of Spain in 1869, an offer which he rejected.

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The palace seen from above – Source of Image: Wikipedia

Queen Maria II died on 15 November 1853 at age 34 when Princess Anna, her 11th child was born. Both mom and child died. The Queen was warned several times prior to this incident about the risks associated by giving birth frequently, the very same risks that resulted in the death of her mother, who died as a result of complications following a miscarriage after many births. However, she largely ignored the warnings of her doctors and allegedly said: “If I die, I die at my post.” It is no wonder that she was later given the surname “The Good Mother”, because she took motherhood very seriously.

The Noble Room

The Noble Room – Source of Image: Wikipedia

Shortly after Elisa Hensler inherited the Pena National Palace she sold it to King Luis, the second son of Queen Maria II and King Ferdinand II. The palace was frequently used by his family until 1889, during his reign as King of Portugal and the Algarves (1861-1889).

Queen's Fern Garden

Queen’s Fern Garden – Source of Image: Wikipedia

The palace was bought by the Portuguese State in 1889 and its original colors were restored by the end of the 20th century when it was repainted. It is said to be one of the most notable expressions in the world of Romanticism, which was an artistic, literary and intellectual movement during the late 18th to early 19th century. It was the very movement which made its protests known largely through music, literature and visual arts. It was a revolt “against the aristocratic social and political norms of the Age of Enlightenment and a reaction against the scientific rationalization of nature” (Wikipedia).

More about the coin

The Niue Island Secrets of Pena 2 oz Crystal Art $2 silver coin is exquisite to say the least, even more so than its predecessors, namely the Secrets of Lichtenstein and the Mysteries of Wawel coins mentioned above.

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One of the reasons for this is the new innovative minting technology ArtCam that the Mint of Poland has used in the production of this coin, giving it a high sharpening relief similar to Tiffany Art coins, and much higher than the coins that were previously issued in the Crystal Art series.

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ArtCam is the same minting technology that was used to produce the Tiffany, Minerał Art, Volcano and Mesopotamia coins. Only the height of the relief is much higher than in the Tiffany & Mineral Art relief is 0,5-0,6mm. This while  Crystal Art Pena and Mesopotamia has 0,9- 1,00mm high relief. In addition to this, the deeply struck Niue Island Secrets of Pena 2 oz Crystal Art $2 silver coin has a bright antique finish to it (not brown), again making it similar to Tiffany Art. You can see this in the photos above and in the video below, which include footage and/or photos of the actual coin in hand. The real Green Agate crystal inlay mentioned above, also gives a much better visual effect than other colors.

On the other hand, the first two coins in the series were produced with minting technology used with gypsum to the stamp, which was manually carved by the sculptor (old technique), based on a sand blaster in high pressure to create the high relief. This left the Secrets of Lichtenstein coin with dents and both coins with not enough sharpening on the relief, especially the Mysteries of Wawel coin. This affected the uptake of the Mysteries of Wawel coin negatively, although it is still an extremely beautiful coin as can be seen in the video below.

However, the first coin, the Secrets of Lichtenstein coin, is still doing extremely well. It is currently selling at eBay auctions at $320 per coin and upwards (including shipping). It seems that collectors like the full design of the palace on the coin.

The uptake of the Mysteries of Wawel coin was also negatively affected by the fact that it was sold through too many distributors, while it is not the case with the Secrets of Pena coin. This time around there will only be 4-5 distributors worldwide, including First Coin Company, which have the exclusive rights to distribute the coin here in the States.

In addition, the reduced mintage of 999 to 688 also helps to set the Secrets of Pena coin further apart from its predecessors.

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Why should you be interested in this coin?

  • 3rd coin of the “Crystal Art” series.
  • Reduced mintage – worldwide mintage maximum 688 coins.
  • High sharpening relief – much higher than in the coins previously issued (Wawel and Lichtenstein).
  • New innovative minting technology used (ArtCam).
  • Spectacular bright real Green Agate crystal.
  • Exclusive by The Mint of Poland.
  • Elegant gift box with image of the Pena National Palace.
  • Series runs from 2012 (one coin per year).
  • Certificate of Authenticity.
  • Precious metals content (2oz of silver) .

Specs

Secrets of Pena Specs

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Volcano Erta Ale Coin – First Coin in New Volcanoes Coin Series

The 2 oz Volcano Erta Ale high relief silver coin, or more formally known as the Niue Island VOLCANO ERTA ALE Silver coin $2 Lava 2 oz Dome Convex Antique finish 2014, is part of a brand new and exciting coin series by the Mint of Poland and Niue Island, namely Volcanoes. A total of 5 coins will be issued in the Volcanoes coin series at a rate of 1 coin per year over the next 5 years, which kicked off this year with the release of the Volcano Erta Ale coin mentioned.

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Source of Images: First Coin Company

The first coin in the Volcanoes coin series features basaltic shield volcano, Erta Ale, which is the most active volcano in Ethiopia. It is situated in Northern Ethiopia in a badland desert area known as the Afar Triangle (or Afar Depression), which is a geological depression (landform depressed or sunken below the area that surrounds it). It was formed by the Afar Triple Junction, which forms part of the 3,700 mile long Great Rift Valley, a name that was given to the valley by British explorer John Walter Gregory in the late 19th century.

Erta Ale photography

Source of Image: Volcano Travel VEI

Erta Ale, which means “smoking mountain” in the local Afar language is an impressive volcano to say the least, especially when one considers that the 2,011 feet (613 m) high volcano is among only 4-6 volcanoes in the world with lava lakes. In fact, what makes Erta Ale extra special is that it boasts the longest-existing lava lake in the world, which was first sighted in 1890. For such a lake to exist, the heat flow feeding the lake have to exactly compensate for the loss of heat on the lava’s surface and form crusts that fall back into the depths, which is a difficult and fragile balance to maintain.

Sometimes Erta Ale boasts two active lava lakes at the summit, which occasionally overflow at its southernmost pit, which is known as the “the gateway to Hell” by the locals. Interesting enough, the lava lake on Erta Ale briefly featured in the 2010 movie, Clash of the Titans, during the sequence where Perseus, the son of the mortal Danae and the god Zeus, travels to the underworld.

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Erta Ale seems to be a gateway to hell for outsiders, especially considering the legendary aggressiveness of the native Afar people against outsiders. E.g. a team of the BBC was helped and welcomed by the locals in 2009, but a group of scientists or tourists was attacked at Erta Ale in January 2012; leaving 5 dead, others wounded and 2 taken as hostages. The Afar Revolutionary Democratic Union Front (ARDUF), also known as the Uguugumo (meaning “Revolution”), an Afar political party in Ethiopia that was founded in 1993, claimed responsibility for the attack and released the hostages in March 2012.

This while no less than 250 head of livestock were killed on 25 September 2005 when Erta Ale erupted, forcing thousands of locals to flee the area. This is not even to mention the eruption in August 2007 and the eruption on 4 November 2008.

Afar People

Source of Image: Ethnic Beauty

The dangers locals present to outsiders, and the fact that the area surrounding Erta Ale is of the most inhospitable terrain on Earth, makes it the most inaccessible volcano on planet earth. This contributes to the fact that little is known about Erta Ale. For those brave enough to risk a visit to Erta Ale, who have a hunger for adventure, it is recommended to go with an armed escort of at least two guards. 

For the less adventurous, I strongly recommend buying the 2 oz Volcano Erta Ale high relief silver coin (Niue Island 2014 2$ Erta Ale Volcano coin) instead of travelling to Erta Ale. It is a much safer and cheaper option…

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 Source of Images: First Coin Company

A total of only 688 of these Volcano Erta Ale coins will be minted, which makes it highly limited and sought after, especially considering its antique finish, precious metals content (three nines fine silver), ultra high relief, dome & convex shape and real lava inlay from Ethiopia (which is held in place with a special glue). In addition, each coin comes with a Certificate of Authenticity (CoA) presented in an elegant gift box featuring volcano Erta Ale in its full glory.

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Furthermore, the Mint of Poland makes no secret of the fact that it was very hard to reach the current quality of the coin. Special computer software was for one deployed in production in order to capture the finer details on this volcano coin. This left an end product that is in my opinion like no other volcano coin out there. It is impressive and truly a work of art. In fact, I will not be surprised if the Volcanoes coin series attracts a great number of collectors, both those who collect coins and those who collect  work of art in general. This is not even to mention the extremely strong demand for antique finish high relief coins in the coin market today. 

I expect the Volcanoes coin series to do extremely well, especially considering the recent launch of the 2 oz Volcano Erta Ale high relief silver coin (Niue Island 2014 2$ Erta Ale Volcano), which is an exceptional coin in many regards and a great means to kick off this new coin series.

Why should you be interested in this coin?

  • Extremely limited worldwide mintage (688 coins).
  • First coin in new Volcanoes coin series.
  • Three nines fine silver (99.9% pure silver).
  • Unique Dome & Convex shaped design – Ultra High Relief 8mm, Antique finish.
  • Real lava inlay from Ethiopia.
  • Elegant gift box.
  • Free international shipping (if purchased from First Coin Company).
  • Ideal gift, business and otherwise.

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Be sure to get more information here.

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