Skyline Dollars continue with three Asian cities added, including the topical Pyongyang

With the addition of these three new issues at the Beijing International Coin Exposition, CIT’s Skyline Dollar series is now thirteen issues big. A range that CIT used to help bring the new silver coin note format to popular attention, it seems to be quite popular and a nice way to get banknote collectors interested in the coin market.

Each foil pictures a major metropolis, and the three Asian cities are aesthetically different enough from the usual Western architectural juggernauts to make them extra interesting in their own right. It’s especially intriguing to see one depicting Pyongyang. Now we all know that the North Korean capital isn’t going to sit on any best capital city lists, but there’s no denying the fascination with the incredible Ryugyong Hotel. The futuristic looking, but long-term unfinished project in the centre of the city, sits in the background, with pride of place going to the second largest triumphal arch in the world, the Arch of Triumph, built to commemorate resistance to Japan in the 1925-45 period.

The Seoul and Bangkok coins are also attractive looks at the cities and each of the 5g silver notes are sealed in laminate for protection. All three notes look good, should be available to order any time now, and have been added to our Coin Series Profile of the range. It’s a pity that there’s no themed album or box to hold them all, but perhaps something for the future.

DENOMINATION $1 Cook Islands
COMPOSITION 0.999 silver 5.0 grams
DIMENSIONS 150 x 70 mm
FINISH Prooflike
BOX / COA Laminated / On coin