New Coin Release from British Virgin Islands Celebrates Famous American Landmark
- Iconic shape of the Capitol building portrayed by a coin
- Stunning tribute to a British Virgin Islands-born National
- Produced in Britain by Pobjoy Mint manufacturer of luxury coins
- New exclusive effigy design of HM Queen Elizabeth II
- Only 5,000 coins to be minted
Such an iconic building deserves an iconic coin so Pobjoy Mint has elected to strike a coin that replicates this imposing shape with great accuracy. William Thornton is the man we can thank for this marvel of engineering and as he was born in the British Virgin Islands it makes the Capitol coin a very fitting tribute.
Only a few shaped coins exist on the market and this $1 has a low mintage for a coin of this type increasing its rarity and desirability to collectors. We have featured our new and exclusive effigy design of HM Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse which captures our Queen in all her glory.
Pobjoy Mint is proud of the success we have had producing such an unusual shaped coin for the British Virgin Islands and hope that the time and love spent creating this coin is easily recognizable to our collectors.
Behind the Coin
The United States Capitol is also known as Capitol Building and Capitol Hill is the headquarters of the US Congress and the seat of the Legislative branch of the US Federal Government and is located on top of Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. The word Capitol has a Latin origin and is vaguely associated with the Jupiter Optimus Maximus on the Capitoline Hill, one of the famous seven hills of Rome.
A competition was held in the spring of 1792 with a prize of $500 to see which architect could propose the best design for the building. A late entry from amateur architect William Thornton was the source of the iconic shape that we see today. Thornton, born in the British Virgin Islands, was well travelled and gained inspiration for the frontage of the building from the east front of the Louvre and the Paris Pantheon.
The first cornerstone of the Capitol was laid by the one and only George Washington in 1793 and construction of the 16-acre building continued until 1800. Upon completion the famous dome wasn’t as grand as we see it today; after being rebuilt in the 1850s, it now stands three times as tall as the original and weighs 4,041 metric tons.
The interior of the Capitol is as impressive as the exterior and has strong ties with the art world. The hallways are line with lavish murals, animals and flora indigenous to the United States. It also houses the National Statuary Hall collection which comprises 100 statues – one of which is a bronze statue of King Kamehameha that weighs an astonishing 6,804kg. The icing on the cake and something that any building wouldn’t be complete without is a private subway that was used to transport senators to the neighboring congressional office buildings.
Order & Delivery Notes
The Capitol Building Shaped coin is protected by a faux leather pouch in red, white and blue representing the American flag.
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