There’s no denying that the pace of human progress, for better or worse, has been accelerating at a phenomenal pace. It’s hard to believe that less than 65 years passed between our first powered flight, and landing a man on the moon. What better subject for a coin series than charting that progress from event to event.
First out of the starting gate is a celebration of mans thirst for discovery. The reverse face depicts one of the most well known of the early exploratory voyages – the journey undertaken by Italian explorer Christopher Columbus, on behalf of the Spanish monarchy, was back in 1492. The scene of Columbus at landfall, giving thanks for safe passage, and claiming everything for Spain, is beautifully realised in ultra high relief, aided by the lashings of detail enabled by Smartminting. Just the coin title is inscribed here, mercifiully keeping the design free of excessive intrusion.