The race to offer new minting technology continues with a new coin
struck in the name of the Cook Islands, the first coin in a new
"four layer" series.
The Antique Finish 2015 Temple of Heaven .999 fine silver $20 coin
has a concave, recessed reverse struck using “four-layer” minting
technology, according to First Coin Company, a distributor for the
coin in the United States. The coin program is being led by MDM, a
wholesaler and retailer based in Germany.
The 100-gram coin features a detailed three-dimensional effect based
on the four layers of the design, according to the company. The
deepest part of the design measures 5 millimeters in depth.
The reverse of the coin depicts one of the caisson ceilings of the Temple of
Heaven in Beijing, China.
Built in 1406 by Emperor Yongle, the Temple of
Heaven is a masterpiece of Chinese architecture and was named a
UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998.
The Temple's Hall of Prayer is where the emperor prayed for good harvests.
The obverse of the coin carries the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of
Queen Elizabeth II.
The coin weighs 100 grams, measures 55 millimeters in diameter and
has a mintage limit of 999 pieces.
It comes packaged in a wooden box with display and silver print and
serialized certificate of authenticity.
The coin will become available in May, although First Coin Company
is now accepting pre-orders for $299.90.
To order the coin, visit the First Coin Company website.
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