The 7 Summits – Aconcagua
Cook Islands. 25 Dollars 2018. Silver .999. 5 oz. 65 mm. BU. Mintage: 777 pcs. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich.
The obverse bears Ian Rank-Broadley’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II (signature IRB below the neck). In the field to the right micro characters .999. Surrounding inscription ELIZABETH II – COOK ISLANDS – 25 DOLLARS.
The reverse shows the Aconcagua mountain from above, its heights minted in topographic relief. Selective color application of brown with hues of white. The inscription reads “ACONCAGUA 6962 m – Andes, South America / THE 7 SUMMITS / 2018”.
With its “The 7 Summits” series, CIT Coin Invest AG sets an extraordinary numismatic monument to the world’s highest summits. Smartminting technology allows for a true-to-life relief of the seven highest mountains of the seven continents, as viewed from above, with a realistic appearance thanks to ever-more-detailed color application. In November 2018, at the Coin Constellation in Russia, the series’ second edition, which is dedicated to Mount Everest, was awarded the second prize in the category “Coin of the Year”.
Compared to that prize-winning object, the new edition, dedicated to Aconcagua, is characterized by an even more delicate color application.
At 6,960.8 meters (22,837 ft), Aconcagua in Argentina presents the highest elevation outside of the Himalayas as well as in both the Southern and Western Hemispheres. It is the only one of the Seven Summits than can be ascended without climbing equipment, which is why its visitors range from the nine-year-old boy to the 87-year-old pensioner. Unfortunately, potential summiteers underestimate Aconcagua time and again; in 2009 alone, five climbers lost their lives. A mummy from the 15th century, found at 5,300 meters (17,388 ft), shows that the mountain was already climbed more or less successfully in the early modern era.
Traditionally, many German mountaineers opt for an expedition to Aconcagua since it gained renown with the scientific expedition of Paul Güssfeldt from Berlin in 1882/3. To date, one of the camps is called Camp Berlin. The first person to reach the summit though, on 14 January 1897, was the Swiss mountain guide Matthias Zurbriggen.
Like its predecessors, the mintage of the third edition of the “The 7 Summits” series will be 777 and it is just as likely to be sold out within short time.
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