Equatorial Guinea. 1000 Francos CFA. 2018. Silver .999. 1 oz. Crystal inlay. Selective coloring. Black Proof. 38.61 mm. Proof. Mintage: 1,750 pcs. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich.
The obverse shows the coat of arms of Equatorial Guinea, a silk tree below six stars and the motto Unidad, Paz, Justicia (“Unity, Peace, Justice”). Above, the circumscription REPUBLICA DE GUINEA ECUATRORIAL; below, 1000 FRANCOS CFA.
The reverse features a frontally positioned skull-shaped crystal on a book. Lying on the left are three roses; to the right, a rose stem with thorns. In the background, smoke rises from the left above the whole field. Above, in the field, the inscription VANIDAD; in the exergue, 2018.
Vanitas – the notion that all is vanity and that everything that’s born must die – inspires another issue in Coin Invest Trust (CIT) AG’s successful “Skulls” series. This time we are dealing with a traditionally shaped, circular coin that, however, is outstanding with regard to its complex manufacturing process. The heart of the Vanitas realization, the skull, is very special. Its upper part is made of sparkling Swarovski® crystal, the jaw is struck in high relief.
The coin is shimmering black, the color of death, an effect that B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt creates by using a very specific processing technique called Black Proof. Thanks to the patented smartminting technology, the red roses stand out from the coin’s surface, additionally highlighted by intense color application. Since ancient times, roses have symbolized love; as cut flowers, however, they symbolize the transience of love and beauty. Their thorns are a reminder that joy without pain and love without fear of losing the other has no appeal.
A very special frosting of the surface creates the impression of rising smoke, another symbol of the ephemeral nature of all things and a completely new technology.
The fact that three elements of the image are exempted from the Black Proof treatment speaks to the coin’s extremely high degree of technical sophistication: The inscription VANIDAD in the upper left field, the thorny rose stem on the bottom right as well as the small year of issue in the exergue retain the original coin surface.
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