Is there anything cooler in architecture than the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World? Of course there isn’t. While modern structures surpass them in scale and outrageous design, these structures were built in a time before digital and electrical technology had even been imagined. Breathtaking in design and pushing every ounce of expertise at their fingertips, these construction projects were the stuff of legend even when the Greek and Roman Empires were still in their ascendancies.
Sadly, just one of the original wonders is still in existence, and even that one has had a hard life. The Great Pyramid at Giza was the tallest man-made structure on Earth for a mind-blowing 38 centuries! It can be visited today, but lost its beautiful white limestone facing in the 1300’s. The other six wonders fell to the ravages of time – ironically the last to be built, falling first. It was only for a period of less than 100 years that all of the wonders (assuming the Hanging Gardens of Babylon did exist) could be seen in complete form. What a holiday trip that must have been. So much better than buying crappy postcards and getting chronic diarrhoea on a cruise ship today. Actually, they probably did just pick up a parchment back then, and I’m pretty sure there would have been quite a bit of belly rumbles as well, but I digress.
MDM’s Seven Wonders coin note series is one of the few that make the jump to gold and has done so using a tiny half gram of gold in each case. Because of this minimal amount of metal, they’re smaller than the silver note size of 150 x 70 mm, coming in at 90 x 42 mm instead. While we’d have loved to see them bigger, the price of gold would have made them very expensive, especially considering there are seven pieces in the set. All are issued for the Solomon Islands and have quite the tropical themed obverse as a result.
As you have already guessed, each of the notes depicts one of the wonders and does so in a style that would not look out of place on a banknote. We only have line art at present, but we feel pretty safe in assuming these will look good at the smaller actual size of the finished article. We will try to get an image of one of the actual notes, as we’re pretty curious about them here. Each note will come sealed for strength and protection, and the set, which can be bought as a subscription, can be placed inside a themed binder. They have a proof-like finish and the mintage is capped at 10,000 pieces. They can be purchased directly from MDM.