2016 The Great Tea Race 1/2oz Silver High Relief Coin
Dedicated to the 150th anniversary of The Great Tea Race. In 1866, some of the fastest clippers carrying cargo competed in a legendary sailing race. The aim was to transport the eagerly awaited tea crops from China to Great Britain in the shortest possible time.
After 99 days on their home-bound journey, the two fastest ships – the Taeping and the Ariel – arrived with a mere time difference of 25 minutes. The design of these coin issues is based on the oil painting by famous British maritime artist Jack Spurling. It shows the close finish between the two ships in the English Channel after a three-month head-to-head race, depicting their full sails with an astonishing high relief.
- Comes with CIT’s Certificate of Authenticity.
- Coin Metal: 999 Fine Silver
- Coin Weight: 1/2oz (15 g)
- Diameter: 38.61mm
- Coin Finish: High Relief Proof (Smart Minting technique)
- Coin Denomination: $2
- Year of Issue: 2016
- Coin Mintage: 3000
- Country of Issue: Cook Islands
- Mint: CIT (Coin Invest Trust)
The design of these coin issues is based on the oil painting by famous British maritime artist Jack Spurling. It shows the close finish between the two ships in the English Channel after a three-month head-to-head race, depicting their full sails with an astonishing high relief.
This features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Presented in CIT’s standard wooden box and a Certificate of Authenticity enclosed.
Smart Minting Technology
So what is Smart Minting all about? A technique allowing hitherto unprecedented levels of intricate relief on smaller coins, amongst many other benefits. Mik Woodgate from AgAuNews comments on the process in this instance …
Available in an ultra high-relief 2 oz , 1oz, 1/2oz or a standard relief 8g (approx ¼ oz) format, all coins exhibit a level of detail and relief that belies their size. Take a look at the image of the 8g coin below and note the relief. It’s quite impressive for a standard 38.61mm 1 oz coin. This is a ¼ oz 38.61mm coin! The idea that a coin of that diameter, yet weighing so little and carrying that much relief, would not have seemed possible just a month ago, a quite extraordinary demonstration of the SmartMinting process. The 2oz coin, obviously with more metal to work with, has taken the relief to its full potential and given the sails of this ship and the dolphins, a three-dimensionality that brings it to life.
• strikingly higher relief on standard weight coins
• extraordinarily high relief on coins with slightly increased weight
• considerably larger diameter on standard weight coins while maintaining relief height
• standard relief height on coins with greatly reduced weight