Monday, April 5, 2010

New Zealand Issues Impressive Maori Heitiki One Ounce Gold Coin

New Zealand is known around the globe to be home to some of the world’s most spectacular and picturesque natural treasures, and now to add to this, they have created one of the most awe-inspiring numismatic treasures of today – the 2010 $10 Maori Art Heitiki 1oz Gold Proof!

New Zealand 2010 $10 Maori Art Heitiki 1oz Gold Proof

Forged from 1oz of .9999 pure gold and produced to the highest standard of craftsmanship, the $10 Heitiki Gold coin is the very definition of New Zealand ‘taonga’ (treasure). Flawlessly struck to proof quality, the massive 40.6mm diameter gold reverse depicts an incredibly detailed Heitiki symbol, framed by two elegant Huia bird feathers, with the obverse containing the traditional
portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

What truly sets this wondrous coin apart from all others is its one-of-a-kind packaging. Each 1oz Maori Art Heitiki Gold Proof is offered in a specially crafted ‘waka huia’ (treasure box) that has been uniquely designed by Warren McGrath, master carver to the Maori King! The waka huia case features a carved handle at each end in the shape of a ‘kooruru’ (owl face) and the lid is beautifully adorned with a special ‘rau-tawa’ engraved design which symbolises the bounty that is gathered from ‘Te wao nui a Tane’ (New Zealand native forest). Made from 45,000-year-old New Zealand swamp kauri, each case is unique in its appearance and perfectly reflects the premium status of this precious gold coin. The overall presentation is completed by the accompaniment of an innovative and individually numbered Authentication Booklet, detailing the intriguing stories surrounding the Heitiki and exclusive waka huia packaging.

A natural successor and partner to the New Zealand 2004 Pukaki Gold Proof – sold out in a matter of weeks and now close to impossible to find – this truly special coin has a strictly limited mintage of just 500 coins worldwide! With a sell-out all but assured, Downies has offered only its top customers the opportunity to secure what is sure to be one of this year's most memorable releases.

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