Mint of Poland debuts Earthquake, the first in its new Cataclysms high-relief silver coin series

In a break from the numerous ancient mythology and astronomy high-relief series that the Mint of Poland is currently producing, it’s nice to see something a little different. Called ‘Cataclysms’, this series will be look at some of the natural disasters that plague this planet, often causing great loss of life, and starts off with Earthquakes. There are plenty of subjects for

In a nice change, this one is just one-ounce in weight, half that used for much of this mints higher-end output, and should thus sell for a more affordable price (early indicators are around €140). Despite the lighter weight, high-relief is clearly in evidence and doesn’t appear to suffer in comparison to its chunkier brethren. The reverse face features shattered earth and exhibits an impressive amount of depth and detail. The coppered antique finish gives it that earthy feel.

The obverse is also antique-finished, but untinted, and continues the trend at the Mint of Poland of customising this face as well. Not issued for Niue Island for a change, this one carries the emblem of Fiji within the main artwork. That artwork consists of a view of the destruction wrought by an earthquake, showing off their immense power and the fragility of our own structures.

Packaging is typical Mint of Poland and comprises of a wooden box in a themed shipper sleeve. A certificate of authenticity is included and the serial number of the coin is engraved on its edge. Just 500 will be minted, a lower number than many of their more expensive and heavier coin releases. In a great touch, 1% of the selling price of each coin is being donated to earthquake relief charities working with victims of the Nepal earthquake in 2015 which took the lives of 9,000 people and displaced countless more. Shipping in July, the coin is available to order now, so check out our sponsors if you’re interested, especially the Mint of Gdansk that is distributing the coin and making the donation possible..

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THE GORKHA EARTHQUAKE, 2015

The April 2015 Nepal earthquake (also known as the Gorkha earthquake) killed nearly 9,000 people and injured nearly 22,000. It occurred at 11:56 Nepal Standard Time on 25 April, with a magnitude of 7.8Mw or 8.1Ms and a maximum Mercalli Intensity of VIII (Severe). Its epicenter was east of Gorkha District at Barpak, Gorkha, and its hypocenter was at a depth of approximately 8.2 km. It was the worst natural disaster to strike Nepal since the 1934 Nepal–Bihar earthquake. The ground motion recorded in the capital of Nepal was of low frequency which, along with its occurrence at an hour where many people in rural areas were working outdoors, decreased the loss of property and human lives.

The earthquake triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, killing 21, making 25 April 2015 the deadliest day on the mountain in history. The earthquake triggered another huge avalanche in the Langtang valley, where 250 people were reported missing.

Hundreds of thousands of Nepalese were made homeless with entire villages flattened, across many districts of the country. Centuries-old buildings were destroyed at UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley, including some at the Kathmandu Durbar Square, the Patan Durbar Square, the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the Changu Narayan Temple, the Boudhanath stupa and the Swayambhunath Stupa. Geophysicists and other experts had warned for decades that Nepal was vulnerable to a deadly earthquake, particularly because of its geology, urbanization, and architecture.

Continued aftershocks occurred throughout Nepal at the intervals of 15–20 minutes, with one shock reaching a magnitude of 6.7 on 26 April at 12:54:08 NST. The country also had a continued risk of landslides. A major aftershock occurred on 12 May 2015 at 12:50 NST with a moment magnitude (Mw) of 7.3. The epicenter was near the Chinese border between the capital of Kathmandu and Mt. Everest. More than 200 people were killed and over 2,500 were injured by this aftershock and many were left homeless. (Source: Wikipedia)

SPECIFICATION
DENOMINATION $2 Fiji
COMPOSITION 0.999 silver
WEIGHT 31.1 grams
DIMENSIONS 38.61 mm
FINISH Tinted antique
MODIFICATIONS Ultra-high relief, Serial no. on edge
MINTAGE 500
BOX / COA Yes / Yes
MINT OF POLAND