Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Introducing the 2013 $50 Fortuna Redux Cylindrical 6oz Silver Coin!

February 27, 2013 - A world first in numismatics, the Mint of Poland have just released the 2013 $50 Fortuna Redux - Mercury 6oz Cylindrical Silver Coin. Struck from a massive 6 ounces of 99.9% fine silver and featuring the unique "third side" of the coin - the cylindrical shape, which boasts a tube of 22mm (some 70% of the coin's 32mm diameter) - as beautifully struck in the highest Proof quality as the obverse and reverse designs!

Have a look at this video, released by ACSYS Lasertechnik, the company who, in conjunction with Mennica Polska, helped overcome the challenges of creating a coin with 3 sides by using laser technology together with traditional minting techniques.

On the obverse is an image of the Roman God, Mercury, with an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the face value: 50 DOLLARS. In the background is a map of the world with elements symbolized travel. Along the rim is the the inscriptions: "2013" (the year of the issue), "NIUE ISLAND" (the issuer) and "Ag 999" (the alloy).

The reverse features an image of a gold coin (selectively gold-plated) with the effigy of Mercury, while in the background is a map of the galaxy.

The "Third Side" of the coin carries of image of Mercury's winged legs, with a map in the background to symbolise travelling.

Niue 2013 $50 Fortuna Redux - Mercury 6oz Cylindrical Silver Proof

Each of these silver coins are sealed in a specially crafted cylindrical capsule and presented within a superbly designed, official Fortuna Redux display case and outer black box.