Monday, April 12, 2010

Remarkable Antiqued Silver Coin Pair Paying Tribute To Barack Obama And Martin Luther King Jr.

Issued under the authority of the Cook Islands, this unique pair of antiqued silver coins pays tribute to two men who have come to stand for change in the United States - focusing on their most important speeches for social cooperation.

Cook Islands 2010 $5 Barack Obama & Martin Luther King Silver BU Pair

Under the banner of "Freedom - Equality - Unity" the coins pay respectful tribute to the current President of the United States, Barack Obama, and the iconic leader of the African American civil rights movement, Martin Luther King Jr. Each man, in his own way, has become an important figure for change in the United States, coming to symbolise the unity of a nation proud of it's dedication to work towards freedom and equality of all people regardless of race or religion.

This unique pair of coins each feature an iconic portrait of the men, designed in such a way as to almost mirror one another, much as their progress toward change has been a reflection of one another. Adding to the innovation, the design of Barack Obama is created in standard relief while Martin Luther King's portrait has been struck incuse, so as to be below the surface of the coin. Known famously for his "I have a dream" speech on August 28, 1963, as well his unswerving dedication to the emancipation of African Americans under an oppressive society, Martin Luther King Jr would surely have seen the election of President Obama in 2008 (45 years later) as a great step forward in equal rights. It is with that focus on unity that this pair of coins were produced. Above each portrait is the name and a quote from their most iconic speeches.

The coins have undergone a special minting process, giving them an "antiqued" appearance that adds quality and dignity to the pair of coins, each struck from 25 grams of 92.5% sterling silver.

The pair are presented in a special timber lift-top box and accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity, confirming the strictly limited worldwide mintage of just 2500 pairs.

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