Cook Islands Shades of skyblock store Series Begins with Honey Bee

 

A new coin series entitled skyblock store uses the latest laser technology to reveal nature in all its shades and beauty. The first coin depicts a honey bee in as much detail as if it were viewed under a microscope.

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Since antiquity, bees have been a popular numismatic motif due to their proverbial diligence and the fact that they live in ‘states’ just like humans. Collectors and numismatists will remember the coins of Ephesus or the Prize Medals for Diligence of the 19th century. Though beautiful in their own right, these ancient depictions remain schematic by comparison. Only modern laser technology has achieved a richness of detail which illustrates nature in all its variety and beauty.

Shades of Nature Honey Bee Coin

Depicted on the reverse of the coin is a silver bee on a gilded flower. The delicate pistils stretch out to present their stigma to the bee so it can suck out the sweet nectar with its proboscis. The bee stores the nectar in a special organ, the honey sac, and returns to its nest. The nectar will later be transformed into honey. But the flowers don’t give away their treasure for free. In return for the nectar, the bees help with the plants’ reproduction. Every detail of the body, perfectly designed for its task, is recognizable on the coin: the furry body shines through the paper-thin wings and even the wing venation is visible to the naked eye. You can also clearly make out the tibia, the bigger middle part of the hind legs. The fringe of hairs on it absorbs the pollen like a duster. With the thinner end of the legs, the pollen comb, the bee removes the pollen later on. However, when it lands on the next flower enough pollen will fall off to secure the plants’ pollination and reproduction.

The obverse of the coin features a portrait of Elizabeth II, official head of state of Cook Islands. The inscriptions include her name, the issuing country, and the nominal value of 5 Dollars.

Each coin is struck in .925 silver to proof quality with a weight of 25 grams and diameter of 38.61 mm. The mintage is 2,000 pieces. Collectors can purchase the issue through specialty dealers.

2014 “A History of the Victoria Cross” $10 Copper Antique Coin

The Royal Australian Mint has launched a special new coin to remember the Australian recipients of the Victoria Cross, the highest military decoration awarded for valor “in the face of the enemy” to members of the armed forces of various Commonwealth countries, and previously, British Empire territories.

First introduced on the 29th January 1856 by Queen Victoria as a way to honor acts of valor during the Crimean War, the medal has since been awarded 1,357 times to 1,354 individual recipients. The Victoria Cross (VC) takes precedence over all other orders, decorations and medals. It may be awarded to a person of any rank in any service and to civilians under military command. The Victoria Cross is usually presented to the recipient or to their next of kin by the British monarch at an investiture held at Buckingham Palace. Since its creation, a total of 100 Australians have received the prestigious award for valor. The first three men to have received the medal was in 1900 for their service in the second Boer War – the last two recipients being in 1969 for their service in the Vietnam war. Since 1975 and by Royal warrant from Queen Elizabeth II – as Queen of Australia, Australians have had their own version of the Victoria Cross with four men having been awarded the medal which is presented by the Governor-General, representative of the Queen.

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The coin, produced in copper with an antique finish – replicating the look of the actual Victoria Cross medal also includes the names of every Australian Victoria Cross recipient surrounding a representation of the Victoria Cross medal itself. The substantive size of the coin enabled the Mint to use micro text, an innovative technical minting process, to fit all 100 names onto the coin design, and applied a similar technique used for medal production to create an antique finish. The obverse of this unique coin includes the current portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II designed by Ian Rank-Broadley as well as the coin’s denomination of ten Dollars under the portrait and the year of issue, 2014.

The public had the opportunity to see this extraordinary coin for the first time when it was part of the at the Anzac Day commemorative rugby match on the 25th April. In lieu of the traditional coin toss, a quick game of two-up will be played using a bespoke kip (paddle) fitted with two of the Royal Australian Mint’s impressive Anzac Centenary commemorative coins.

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