Raven Witch – Eye of Magic
Cook Islands. 10 Dollars 2022. Silver .999. 2 oz. 45 mm. Proof. Mintage: 999 pieces. Special technology: smartminting® (Ultra High Relief) with partial color application. Minted by B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich.
Description of the Coin
One side features a woman’s head with a pointed hat. Her open hair falls around her face while her right hand rests on her left shoulder. In front of her is a black raven, its eye exactly above the woman’s left eye. The background is filled with geometric patterns. On the right is the inscription RAVEN WITCH / EYE OF MAGIC; below is the year 2022.
The other side features the portrait of Elizabeth II, below IRB (= Ian Rank-Broadley), and around it is the legend ELIZABETH II 10 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2022.
Ravens are intelligent birds. Nonetheless, they used to have a bad image. In Europe, they had been considered bringers of bad luck for centuries. They were found on battlefields and over dead animals, satisfying their hunger as scavengers. Therefore, popular belief associated them with witches. Among other things, witches were believed to be able to transform into a raven. That is why peasants nailed a raven with spread wings to their barn door to ward off magic.
Today we know that historical “witches” were people looked at as outside the norm that were used as scapegoats. Then, the predominantly agricultural people believed that somebody was responsible for the cold spells and the continuous rain that spoiled harvests during the Little Ice Age of the 16th to 18th centuries.
Nowadays, a different image of witches prevails. They are considered fascinating, multi-faceted personalities who can bring good into the world by acting in harmony with nature and for nature if they choose to practice white magic. CIT sets a monument to these new witches with its issue Raven Witch – Eye of Magic. Thanks to fine-tuned smartminting technology, the portrait of a fascinating woman merges with the watchful gaze of her raven. Visually, raven and witch merge to form an avian-human face as the raven’s eye is exactly where the eye of the witch should be.
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CoinWeek Podcast #155: Ultra-Modern Coins Take Over
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In this episode of the CoinWeek Podcast, we have a lively, interesting, and provocative conversation with Chang Bullock and Orlando Lorenzana of CIT, where we talk about how ultra-modern coins (or postmodern coins, as we call them) have taken over the contemporary coin market and how CIT’s innovations in color and coin minting technology are changing the game for private and sovereign mints.
You cannot walk away from this podcast without learning something about the way minting has changed–and has always been changing throughout the course of monetary history–and we hope it will give you a clearer picture of where we are heading.