There’s little to compare in nature with that most legendary of mountains – Everest – so it’s of little surprise that it’s attracted numismatic interest over the years. It’s no more impressive to depict the mountain in colour or flat relief than it is any other subject, but with the advent of advanced techniques for ultra-high relief, more is now possible, and expected.
This new coin from a new producer is similar in reverse design to CIT’s gorgeous ‘Seven Summits’ series, but there are some notable differences. The obverse is almost completely filled with custom artwork as well, A view of the mountain from the valley below, complete with a monumental stone marking it’s extraordinary height. is the most obvious enhancement, and a very neat addition.
However, it’s clear that the huge levels of high-relief on the reverse face are the main attraction. It almost looks hewned from a piece of basalt, the antique finish serving particularly well in its role. Just the name of the mountain in Asian script and the height in metres, break up the image. We really like CIT’s coin, and while this one is similar, it has a look of its own that is equally attractive.
Best of all, the two-ounce silver coin has a more affordable sibling to sit alongside it. Struck in 53 grams of fine copper, it’s identical in virtually every respect, even down to the antiquing. It also shares the same small 333 piece mintage of the silver coin, so this is no mass-market alternative, but a genuine collectable in its own right. As we said with the Majestic Eagle issue last year that relaunched smartminting, copper is an attractive and great value way to do high-end minting at an affordable level, doubly so in light of the rising price of silver and gold. A top first release. Dealers feel free to contact us for distributor details. Available shortly.