A relatively new concept in modern numismatics, ultra-thin banknote-style coins have grown in popularity since their debut last year. Usually 150 x 70 mm in size and weighing around five grams, the concept is a little older, but CIT took them into legal tender territory last year when they debuted the first of their Skyline Dollars. The New Zealand Mint have recently entered the market and MDM have also been present, so there’s certainly growing interest in the niche format.
The Beijing Coin Expo is this weekend and a few producers release new product for the ocassion, Coin Invest Trust amongst them. The first of their new products we’re looking at is an impressive expansion of the banknote format. At six times the size and weight, we’ve never seen the format taken to this size before and CIT have chosen a great subject for it.
Cartography is a core part of the story of mans exploration of this planet. Early maps, usually completely inaccurate, inspired intrepid adventurers to go out on hugely dangerous voyages of discovery, many returning to expand the knowledge enough to produce better and more accurate maps for the next generation. One such map-maker was Martin Waldseemuller (1470-1520), whose 1507 map was the first time that America was named as such. This new coin, issued for the Cook Islands, reproduces it perfectly.
Very heavy for the format at 30 grams, the 200 x 150 mm dimensions are also pushing boundaries, with a surface area some 24 times that of a standard 40mm diameter coin. The map is done full justice in this format and we can’t imagine it being practical on a standard coin. The worn and torn edges are a great touch and the coin will be well protected, sealed as it is like the Skyline Dollars. Provided in a sleeve, we confess to liking the look of this one a lot, although how popular the format turns out to be is a matter for the future. Available to pre-order now, it should start to ship towards the end of February 2018.