The 7 Summits – Kilimanjaro
Cook Islands. 25 Dollars 2019. Silver .999. 5 oz. 65 mm. BU. Mintage: 777. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich.
The obverse features the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank Broadley (signature IRB below the neck). In the right field micro minting .999. Around it the legend ELIZABETH II – COOK ISLANDS – 25 DOLLARS.
The reverse shows a bird’s eye view of the Kilimanjaro whose peaks are minted in high relief. Partial coloring in brown and green with white toning. The inscription is KILIMANJARO 5895 m – Eastern Rift Mountains, East Africa / THE 7 SUMMITS / 2018.
Even though there are higher mountains among the “7 Summits”, none of them is associated with so many emotions as the Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain of Africa. This is due to German colonial politics and Nobel Prize laureate Ernest Hemingway.
Germans and British competed for the first ascent of “Kibo” as the summit is called today. Hans Meyer from Leipzig and Ludwig Purtscheller from Innsbruck achieved this in 1889. They brought a piece of the Kilimanjaro peak to the German emperor, which was incorporated in the decoration of the New Palace in Potsdam to symbolize the seizure of German East Africa.
The latter became the most important colony of the German Empire. After the German defeat in World War I, the Kilimanjaro came under British rule. It became a preferred target of English big-game hunters.
Famous novelist Ernest Hemingway enjoyed the sublime view of the snow-covered mountain, too, on his journey in 1933. His expedition inspired him to write one of his most famous short stories, “The Snows of Kilimanjaro”.
Since the previous issues were a great success, this is to be expected for the Kilimanjaro, too. After all, it is not only coin collectors who want to own its image, but everyone who fondly remembers this marvelous massif.
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