The four-leaf clover has been an icon of luck for ages, although nobody is sure how the superstition got started. With only around 1 clover in every 5,000 having four leaves instead of the usual three, you can see how these traditions begin. The first reference to luck might be from an 11-year-old girl, who wrote in an 1877 letter to St. Nicholas Magazine, “Did the fairies ever whisper in your ear, that a four-leaf clover brought good luck to the finder?”. Five-leaf clovers have been found, but are consumately even rarer.
One of CIT’s perennial favourites, the Ounce of Luck coin has been running annually since 2010, the 2018 coin having sold out quite quickly already. It’s an unusual success story. A four-leaf clover sealed in a silver (or gold) coin, the design barely changes every year, but the coin has remained popular regardless. never one to rest on their laurels however, CIT have decided to add to the range with a modern, smartminted reimaging of the concept.
From a base specification perspective, the coins differ very little. Both silver variants weigh an ounce, although the new one is fine 0.999 fineness instead of the older sterling 0.925, but from there they take completely different trajectories. Instead of incorporating a clover, the new design apes the look in a highly stylised manner. It’s a superb example of SmartMintings ability to produce a ultra-high relief with an unusual shape, much like the outstanding Remembrance Day coin from earlier this year, and several others.
The obverse of the coin depicts the marine-themed emblem of Palau in the centre, along with the coin date, but is otherwise clean. The coin comes with a certificate of authenticity and is supplied in what looks to be a good quality themed white box. Like much of the Beijing Coin Expo releases, this one will start to ship around the end of February next year, but it’s available to order now for around €120.00.