INVENTIONS OF LEONARDO: MACHINE GUN 2019 Niue 1oz proof silver coin


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2019 Inventions of Leonardo – Machine Gun

Leonardo da Vinci loved life and considered fighting the worst human activity. Yet he has written numerous designs of sophisticated war machines that provided him favour of powerful patrons and sponsors. While cold weapons supported by bows and crossbows ruled the battlefields in the Middle Ages, firearms began to spread in the Renaissance and changed the warfare. Although their power was devastating, they suffered from a number of shortcomings. Probably the biggest was the low rate of fire caused by complicated charging, which took several minutes. Leonardo solved this problem with elegance – placing a number of the main ones in one bundle, thus solving the issue of fast charging and the necessary cooling. Thus the first machine gun appeared.

Leonardo did not stay with one proposal and invented a number of variants of his rapid-fire weapon. The most sophisticated one was supposed to consist of three main rotating rows – while the first row was firing, the second row was cooling and the third was charging. If such a weapon was used against the advancing infantry, its effect would be devastating. Fortunately, Leonardo is known as a man who did everything, but rarely finished anything. He did not finish most of his war machines. But perhaps his pacifism might have been more than his inattention. Indeed, when researchers designed his war machines at the end of the 20th century, it turned out to be terrifyingly functional .


Presents a drawing of the invention provided with Leonardo notes. The maestro looks down at him from the upper part of the reverse and the English inscription bears MACHINE GUN.


Shows all of the inventions that will appear in the miniseries. Apart from helicopter there is a glider, a machine gun and a tank. 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

Coming in 2019

The other three coins are the Helicopter (February), the Flying Machine (July) and the Tank (September).


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