INVENTIONS OF LEONARDO: FIGHTING VEHICLE 2019 Niue 1oz proof silver coin

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2019 Inventions of Leonardo – Fighting Vehicle

Leonardo da Vinci designed a covered war car in 1482. He wrote in his diary at the time: “I can make armored cars, safe and impregnable, which reach the front ranks of enemy troops. They would send death with their cannons and rifles. ” This car was supposed not only to break through the enemy lines, but also to protect its own soldiers. Exactly this tactic was used four centuries later – during the First World War, when the British deployed the first real tanks. Leonardo’s machine had the shape of a round tent – around the perimeter of the barrel and a small observation was placed on the top. The surface of the cloak was not perpendicular, but bevelled, and the armour should better deflect enemy missiles.

Although this project never left the drawing board, it counted a crew of eight men. They would fire from the guns and drive wheels connected to the transmission system by the crankshaft – independently of the left and right sides of the car. However, modern students found out that the transfers were poorly designed and the tank could never move with their help. However, historians agree that this mistake was made by a peaceful engineer deliberately to make it impossible to construct the invention if the plans fell into the wrong hands.


Depicts the Renaissance Maestro looking down on a tank drawing with notes. The composition of the reverse side is closed by the English inscription  FIGHTING VEHICLE (or war car).


Shows all of the inventions that will appear in the miniseries. The name and the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, the nominal value of 1 DOLLAR (NZD) and the year of the issue 2019.


Presented in a small coin box with an enclosed certificate of authenticity. A collectors tin to hold all four coins is available at extra cost.

DENOMINATION $1 New Zealand (Niue)
COMPOSITION 31.1 grams (1oz) of 0.999 silver


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