CIT 2012 Mecca Kaaba 50g Silver Proof Coin
Regardless of one’s position anybody can find out in which direction Mecca is, by using of this special coin. Mecca, the birth place of Islam’s prophet Mohammed, is the Muslims’ holiest city.
The Muslims’ most important pilgrimage site is visited by approx. 2,5 million pilgrims annually. The most significant destination in Mecca is the Kaaba, a cube shaped structure in the courtyard of the main mosque. Even before Islamic times, the Kaaba was known as a sacred object. For Arabic tribes in the surrounding areas of Mecca at that time.
The holy city is located in a desert-like basin surrounded by two mountain chains about 90 km from the Red Sea. Due to an increasing number of pilgrims over the last few years, the city has been frequently re-built in order to meet changing needs. It is strictly prohibited for Non-Muslims to set foot in this location.
- Metal: 999 Silver
- Weight: 50 gram
- Year of Issue: 2012
- Mintage Limit: 1434
- Diameter: 50mm
- Finish: Proof Quality
- Certificate of Authenticity: Yes
- Minted by CIT (Coin Invest Trust) under the issuing authority of the Niger
The arrow, on coin reverse, orients itself toward the North Pole. On the coin the globe is symbolically subdivided into 36 segments. The position 0/36 for Mecca is represented by both minarets and the conventionalised Kaaba. On an enclosure several cities are listed with a number. If one wants to locate the position of Mecca they must turn the set until the thin end of the arrow points to the corresponding number. The minarets then indicate in which direction Mecca lies. This set is especially suitable as a gift to express ones appreciation towards the receiver. It is not essential to take the set on journeys. It also does its service on a desk or shelf – it shows in which direction Mecca lies
Issued for the African state Niger, it carries the emblem/coat-of-arms of the country instead.
Presented in a wooden Mecca Kaaba box and comes complete with a numbered certificate of authenticity.