The Mint of Poland made a splash when it debuted the genre-bending $7 spheroid silver coin struck for the island of Niue. The first-of-its-kind coin broke the “fourth wall” of mainstream coin design, forgoing the concepts of obverse, reverse, and edge and taking the concept of a postmodern commemorative or themed coin to its (il)logical conclusion. The seven-ounce spheroid – embellished with Swarovski crystals – was produced by a proprietary six-element die. It’s thematic concept: the Seven New Wonders of the World.
The following video, produced by ACYSYS Lasterechnik GmbH, describes the die production process of this unique coin concept.
A map of the globe, based on a hand-drawn 17th-century map by Dutch cartographer Willem Janszoon Blaeu. Swarovski crystal elements are affixed to the geographic locations of the Seven New Wonders of the World: Chichen Itza (Yucatán, Mexico), Christ the Redeemer (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), the Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu (Cuzco Region, Peru), Petra (Jordan), Taj Mahal (Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India), and the Colosseum of Rome.
On the globe’s northern pole, a radiant compass. In the center, the MW insignia of the Mint of Poland (Warsaw Mint). Wrapping around is the inscription SEVEN DOLLARS AG999 7 OZ. On the globe’s southern pole, the Coat of Arms of NIUE. Wrapping around is the inscription NIUE ISLAND 2015.
|Year Of Issue:||2015|
|Mint Mark:||MW (Mint of Poland)|
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