This new coin by the Cook Islands is dedicated to the 150th anniversary of «The Great Tea Race». The innovative technology of smartminting has been impressively used to create this 2 oz silver 999 piece struck in proof quality. The worldwide mintage is limited to 999 coins.
The obverse of the Cook Islands coin traditionally bears the portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Along the rim of the silver coin, there are the following inscriptions: the Queen’s name, the face value of the coin and its issuing country.
In 1866, some of the fastest clippers carrying cargo competed in a legendary sailing race. The aim was to transport the eagerly awaited tea crops from China to Great Britain in the shortest possible time. After 99 days on their home-bound journey, the two fastest ships - the «Taeping» and the «Ariel» - arrived with a mere time difference of 25 minutes. The design of the coin is based on the oil painting by famous British maritime artist Jack Spurling. It shows the close finish between the two ships in the English Channel after a three-month head-to-head race, depicting their full sails with an astonishing high relief achieved thanks to the smartminting thechnology. The coin comes housed in a specially designed packaging.
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