Butterflies in 3D 2015 – Graphium Policenes

Good news for butterfly fans: the three-dimensional butterfly from Coin Invest Trust is so true-to-life that it could almost count as a preserved specimen. The fifth issue in the «Butterflies in 3D» series is dedicated to a particularly exotic species.

cti_butterflyMost coin collectors will never have heard of Graphium policenes, also known as Common Swordtail. That could change with the new commemorative coin that Coin Invest Trust has designed for the Republic of Equatorial Guinea. The depicted butterfly comes from the Papilionidae family and with its deep blue colouring and sword-like tail is among the most beautiful butterflies in Africa.

A preserved specimen? It almost looks like it. The most noticeable difference between the living animal and its numismatic twin is their respective size. In the wild, the Common Swordtail reaches a wingspan of up to 65 mm.

The three-dimensional butterfly is the fifth coin in the highly popular series «Butterflies in 3D». Chances are good it will be sold out just as fast as its predecessors.

Description:

Distinctive feature: Fifth issue of a highly popular series. Butterfly in 3D.

The obverse is decorated with a colourful butterfly in 3D. The coin surface is styled after a flower and includes coloured elements. The legend on the upper edge reads the Spanish name of the issue «Mariposas exoticas» (exotic butterflies).

The reverse shows the coat of arms of the issuing authority, Equatorial Guinea, the official name of the state, Republic of Equatorial Guinea, above, and the face value, 1000 Francos CFA, below.

Specifications:

Country:    Equatorial Guinea
Face value:   1000 Francos CFA
Year of issue:  2015
Metal:  Silver .925
Weight:    25 g
Size:    38.61 mm
Quality Proof
Mintage:    2500 pieces

The coins are minted by B.H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt GmbH and Collectors can purchase the issue through specialty dealers.

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Golden Egg No. 1

Eggs symbolise fertility and eternal life. As Fabergé eggs they became world famous. Coin Invest Trust’s Golden Egg No. 1 takes up this tradition.

You look at Palau’s new commemorative coin once. And then you look again: it seems round like an egg. Looking at the reverse, which features the coat of arms, produces an optical illusion and the impression that you are indeed holding a completely round coin.

palau_egg_2Eggs are more than just the protective shell of unborn animals. For many centuries, mankind has been amazed by the miracle which brings forth life from an inanimate object. In many religions, the egg is an object of worship. According to Indian mythology, the whole universe was once created from an egg. In ancient Egypt, it was believed that the god of sun was born out of an egg. And for Christianity the Easter egg has always been a symbol of birth and rebirth, immortality and fertility.

Apart from their shape, the delicate artworks that Carl Peter Fabergé designed for the Russian Tsars look nothing like Easter eggs. The newest creation from Coin Invest Trust takes up the design of the Fabergé tradition. The Liechtenstein think tank has now transformed the three-dimensional Fabergé egg into a coin. The result: a curved coin in the shape of an egg.

Description:

Distinctive feature: The coin is egg-shaped and curved. The coat of arms on the reverse is delicately worked due to micro-engraving technology.

The obverse features a dark green design with intricate golden branches and blossoms.

The coin’s reverse depicts the coat of arms of Palau with the official state name, Republic of Palau and the face value, 1 dollar.

Specifications:

Country:   Palau
Face value:   1 Dollar
Year of issue:   no date
Metal:   Gold .9999
Weight:   0.5 g
Size:   9.7 × 13.92 mm
Quality:   Prooflike
Mintage:   5000 pieces

The coins are minted by B.H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt GmbH and Collectors can purchase the issue through specialty dealers.

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