2017 Mongolia Exotic Butterflies Coin - CIT

Exotic Butterflies – Aporia crataegi

Mongolia. 500 Togrog 2017. Silver .999. 25 g. 38.61 mm. Proof. Mintage: 2,500 pcs.

Design: Coin Invest Trust. Mint: B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich.

Description

The obverse features the coat of arms and the name of the issuing nation, as well as material, fine content, weight, and nominal value.

The reverse features a colored three-dimensional butterfly. The coin surface is fashioned as a flower with color elements. Plus, the inscription EXOTIC BUTTERLFIES and APORIA CRATAEGI.

Story

The Aporia crataegi butterfly belongs to the family of the Pieridae, the diurnal butterflies. One look suffices to realize how the animal, which can grow up to eight cm, has come to its popular name “black- veined white”. While its wings are of a brilliant white, the males show additional black veins and a small black spot.

The habitat of the black-veined white, which preferably feeds on thistle and field flowers, extends from Europe to Japan. While it used to be a rare sight, its population has grown and is stable today. There are even occasional population irruptions like the ones registered in the Upper Rhine Plain between 1977 and 1988.

For Mongolia, Coin Invest Trust adorns the seventh issue in its successful Exotic Butterflies series with a true-to- life specimen of the black-veined white. This makes the series, which was issued by a different country every year, complete. It is the last issue in the series.

Like its predecessors, this coin creates a stunning contrast between the shining silver coin field and the colorfully fashioned flower with its high, smartminting© technology relief, adorned by the three-dimensional black-and- white butterfly.

Highlights

This is the last issue of the successful Exotic Butterflies series by Coin Invest Trust. It is issued by Mongolia and dedicated to the black-veined white (Aporia crataegi). The three-dimensionally modeled butterfly in bright white with black veins stands out from the colorfully fashioned leaf, which shows an impressively high relief thanks to smartminting© technology and contrasts with the brilliant proof-like coin field.

Further information

More information can be found on the coin’s page at www.coin-invest.li

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100th Anniversary Graf Zeppelin

Cook Islands. 20 Dollars 2017. Silver .999. 3 oz. 50 mm. Proof. Mintage: 499 pcs.

5 Dollars 2017. Gold .9999. 0.5 g. 11 mm. Proof. Mintage: 15,000 pcs.

Design: Coin Invest Trust. Mint: B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich.

Description

The obverse shows the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Elizabeth II, also her name, the title of the issuing nation, and the nominal value. The silver edition additionally features a zeppelin in an Arctic landscape, as well as an original piece of fabric from zeppelin LZ127 in the field on the right.

The reverse features portrait, name, and dates of birth and death of Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin. Also, the inscription 100TH ANNIVERSARY. The silver edition shows the zeppelin flying over a cityscape.

2017 Graf Zeppelin coins - CIT

Story

Count Ferdinand Adolf Heinrich August von Zeppelin was a dirigible pioneer. Born in Constance in 1838, it was in the American Civil War that he first witnessed the use of hot-air balloons, which he even flew himself. This experience inspired him to develop a “dirigible”.

Yet the first attempts, conducted after the end of his military career, failed. That did not only earn him the reputation of “the fool from Lake Constance”, but almost ruined him financially. The turning point only came with the crash of a dirigible in Echterdingen in 1908. The crash of a zeppelin did not mean financial ruin for the count, but instead inspired a historic fundraising campaign by the German people that enabled the continuation of his work and invited the identification of Germany with the zeppelins.

Zeppelins did more than serve military purposes. They were mainly employed in passenger transportation, even for long distance flights between Europe and the Americas. After the death of its inventor in 1917, the LZ 127 “Graf Zeppelin” was put into operation in 1928. The so-called round-the-world flight of 1929 and the polar flight of 1931 count among its most spectacular flights that covered roughly 1.7 million kilometers in total.

The silver edition of the commemorative coin, designed by Coin Invest Trust for the Cook Islands on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin’s death, references both these flights. Each of the 499 limited-edition silver coins includes a piece of fabric from the original “Graf Zeppelin”, which was scrapped in 1940. The silver coin is presented in a see-through display case and features an impressively high relief thanks to smartminting© technology.

Highlights

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Count Ferdinand of Zeppelin’s death, Coin Invest Trust has designed a commemorative coin in two editions for the Cook Islands. The three-ounce silver edition features a piece of original fabric from the “Graf Zeppelin” and, thanks to smartminting© technology, an impressively high relief.

Further information

http://www.coin-invest.li/coins/100th-anniversary-of-graf-zeppelin/

http://www.coin-invest.li/coins/100th-anniversary-of-graf-zeppelin-2/

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Shades of Nature – Hummingbird

Cook Islands. 5 Dollars 2017. Silver .999. 25 g. 38.61 mm. Proof. Mintage: 2,000 pcs.

Design: Coin Invest Trust. Mint: B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich.

Description

The obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Elizabeth II as well as her name, the name of the issuing nation, and the nominal value.

In the characteristic style of the series, the reverse displays a silver hummingbird on a gilded coin surface. Engraved above are the name of the series, SHADES OF NATURE, and the year of issue in convex and concave lettering.

Story

2017 Hummingbird Coin - CITSmall but charming, that’s the hummingbird. It is at the heart of the new edition in the popular Shades of Nature series, designed by Coin Invest Trust for the Cook Islands. The plumed pipsqueak is an animal of superlatives. It is the only bird that can fly backwards and its up to 80-beats-per-minute fast wing beat is barely visible to the human eye. It can hover in mid-air in order to drink the nectar from the flower with its long, thin beak in its tropical habitat.

The hummingbird, whose earliest relatives existed already 30 million years ago, is also an expert in courtship. The only 10 cm big male specimen of the Anna’s hummingbird, for instance, nosedives with close to 100 km to impress its female. To do all that, the tiny heart beats 400 times every minute.

Of great beauty is the metallic shine of the hummingbird’s iridescent plumage. The iridescent effect of each individually accented feather is stunningly captured on the hummingbird silver coin thanks to the exceptionally fine laser engraving of the coin die. After Bee (2014), Butterfly (2015) and Fighting Fish (2016), the Hummingbird is minted in an unparalleled three-dimensional and true-to- life quality thanks to smartminting© technology. You can almost feel the breath of wind of its wing beat.

Highlights

The latest issue in the Shades of Nature series, issued by Coin Invest Trust for the Cook Islands, is dedicated to the hummingbird. Thanks to the laser-engraved coin die and smartminting© technology, the coin achieves an unparalleled three-dimensional quality and attention to detail.

Further information

http://www.coin-invest.li/coins/hummingbird/
 


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