The next stop for Cook Islands’ annual Windows of History series is
Grand Central Terminal in New York City.
Often called Grand Central Station, the terminal is one of New
York City’s most famous landmarks. Built by and named for the New York
Central Railroad in the heyday of American long-distance passenger
rail travel, it is the largest train station in the world by number of
platforms: 44, with 67 tracks along them.
Grand Central Depot operated at the site from 1871, before being
replaced by Grand Central Station. In the early 1900s, a new station
was needed and so the current terminal, built in the French Beaux-Arts
style, opened on Feb. 2, 1913.
Grand Central Terminal is famous for two timepieces: the
four-faced clock that adorns the information booth inside, and the
exterior clock on the 42nd Street facade that is constructed of
Tiffany glass. The latter is the world’s largest example of Tiffany
glass and is surrounded by three sculptures designed by French
sculptor Jules-Felix Coutan.
Mercury, god of commerce, is at the center of the sculpture,
flanked by Minerva, Roman goddess of wisdom, and Hercules, the Roman
name of the son of Zeus.
That glass clock highlights the latest entry in the Windows of
History series of Prooflike $10 coins from Cook Islands. The series,
coordinated by European distributor Allcollect, began in 2012 by
featuring the Titanic.
The glass clock of Grand Central Terminal is visible from both
sides, with stained glass at the center of the clock.
The sculptures surround the clock on the reverse, while the
obverse shows a partial interior view of the chandeliers on the
station’s lower concourse, as well as the mandatory effigy of Queen
Elizabeth II, designed by Ian Rank-Broadley.
The Prooflike .925 fine silver coin weighs 50 grams and measures
50 millimeters in diameter. It has a mintage limit of 1,913 pieces.
Distributor Downies offers the coin to collectors in North America
for $359; that price includes a first day cover from the United States
Postal Service featuring the $19.95 Grand Central Terminal stamp
issued earlier this year.
To order, telephone Downies toll free at 877-897-7696, email it at
or visit www.downies.com, the
firm’s website. ■