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In amongst CITs headline coin ranges like the Mongolian Wildlife and the Tiffany ones, the company also produces several ongoing series that are simply coloured sterling silver rounds. Along with the just announced Anders Celsius Thermometer coin, the company has announced six new additions for two of their collections at the 2014 Tokyo International Coin Convention running from 02-04 May.

First up are four new coins in the long running ‘World of Wonders’ series. Starting in 2009, there have been between 9 and 13 releases every year since and these 4 represent the 47th to 50th pieces. They’re each struck in 20g of sterling silver with selective colouring on the reverse, and are issued for the Republic of Palau.

Next up are two releases from ‘World of Hunting’ and these represent the 3rd and 4th coins from the collection. In this case the coins are struck in a smaller half-ounce format, but remain in sterling (0.925) silver. The Cook Islands are the issuing country.

Neither collection will excite the market but they’re undeniably popular, especially the World of Wonder coins. Lets be honest, you don’t get to 50 coins over 5 years without knowing your customers. Not everyone wants to push the envelope with their purchases so long may they continue.

Lastly, a dinky half-gram gold has been added to Coin Invests large range of them.

WORLD OF WONDERS 2014

INDONESIA

INDIA

BRAZIL

MOROCCO

OBVERSE

Candi Prambanan or Candi Rara Jonggrang is a 9th-century Hindu temple compound in Central Java, Indonesia, dedicated to the Trimurti, the expression of God as the Creator (Brahma), the Preserver (Vishnu) and the Destroyer (Shiva). The temple compound is located approximately 17 kilometres (11 mi) northeast of the city of Yogyakarta on the boundary between Central Java and Yogyakarta provinces.

The temple compound, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the largest Hindu temple site in Indonesia, and one of the biggest in Southeast Asia. It is characterized by its tall and pointed architecture, typical of Hindu temple architecture, and by the towering 47-metre-high (154 ft) central building inside a large complex of individual temples.

The Mahabodhi Temple (महाबोधि मंदिर) (Literally: “Great Awakening Temple”), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a Buddhist temple in Bodh Gaya, marking the location where Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, is said to have attained enlightenment. Bodh Gaya (located in Gaya district) is located about 96 km (60 mi) from Patna, Bihar state, India.

Next to the temple, on its western side, is the holy Bodhi tree. In the Pali Canon, the site is called Bodhimanda,and the monastery there the Bodhimanda Vihara. The tallest tower is 55 metres (180 ft) tall. The Vault of Mahabodhi Temple is being coated with Gold plates weighing 290 kg by the Government of Thailand.

São Miguel das Missões (Portuguese for St. Michael of the Missions). It is also known as São Miguel Arcanjo, and by its former Spanish name San Miguel. It is a Unesco World Heritage site located in the small town of São Miguel das Missões, in the northwestern region of Rio Grande do Sul state, in southern Brazil.

The São Miguel das Missões mission was built between 1735 to around 1745. São Miguel das Missões was one of the many Spanish Colonial Jesuit Reductions in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia. Spanish Jesuit missionaries founded the mission for Crown mandated Indian Reductions (Christian converting) of the Guaraní Indians; and to protect the natives from the Portuguese slave traders known as the Bandeirantes.

Volubilis is a partly excavated Roman city in Morocco situated near Meknes between Fes and Rabat. Built in a fertile agricultural area, it was developed from the 3rd century BC onwards as a Phoenician (and later Carthaginian) settlement. It grew rapidly under Roman rule from the 1st century AD onwards and expanded to cover about 40 hectares (100 acres) with a 2.6 km (1.6 mi) circuit of walls. The city gained a number of major public buildings in the 2nd century, including a basilica, temple and triumphal arch. Its prosperity, which was derived principally from olive growing, prompted the construction of many fine town-houses with large mosaic floors.

The town fell to local tribes around 285 and was never retaken by Rome because of its remoteness and indefensibility on the south-western border of the Roman Empire. It continued to be inhabited for at least another 700 years, first as a Latinised Christian community, then as an early Islamic settlement.

SPECIFICATION

FACE VALUE METAL WEIGHT DIAMETER QUALITY MINTAGE
5 DOLLARS 0.925 Ag 20g 38.61mm PROOF 2,500

WORLD OF HUNTING

 2014-WoHUNT-3&4

After two previous releases, the Red Deer and the Wild Boar come the next two in this 2014 dated series. They’re well struck and not over-coloured although the lettering of the animals name is in an overly busy script in our opinion.

LEFT: The Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) is part of the Canidae-family. Its range extends from North America to Europe and Asia.

RIGHT: The Roe Deer (Capreolus capreolus) lives mainly in Europe. With its height of around 60 to 70 cm, it is the smallest cervid.

SPECIFICATION

FACE VALUE METAL WEIGHT DIAMETER QUALITY MINTAGE
5 DOLLARS 0.925 Ag 20g 38.61mm PROOF 2,500

CONGRESS OF VIENNA

It wouldn’t be a CIT release run without their trademark half-gram gold coin and for the Tokyo fair it’s a coin commemorating the 200th anniversary of the post-Napoleonic Congress of Vienna.

The Congress of Vienna was a conference of ambassadors of European states chaired by Austrian statesman Klemens Wenzel von Metternich, and held in Vienna from September 1814 to June 1815. The objective of the Congress was to provide a long-term peace for Europe by settling critical issues arising from the French Revolutionary Wars and the Napoleonic Wars. The goal was not simply to restore old boundaries, but to resize the main powers so they could balance each other off and remain at peace. The leaders were conservatives with little use for republicanism or revolution.

France lost all its recent conquests, while Prussia, Austria and Russia made major territorial gains. Prussia added smaller German states in the west and 40% of the Kingdom of Saxony; Austria gained Venice and much of northern Italy. Russia gained parts of Poland. The new kingdom of the Netherlands had been created just months before, and included formerly Austrian territory that in 1830 became Belgium.

SPECIFICATION

FACE VALUE METAL WEIGHT DIAMETER QUALITY MINTAGE
1 DOLLAR 0.9999 Au 0.5g 11.0mm PROOF 15,000