With the Tokyo International Coin Convention (TICC) on this weekend, CIT have announced a few new additions to their innovative 2019 range, some of which we’ll look at over the weekend. First up is the third in their Globe range, one named not for the subject, but for the extraordinary packaging. Invented in Austria by Erwin Perzy in 1900, the snow globe has become ubiquitous around the world, appearing at gift shops in just about every place a tourist might appear. Most are cheap and low quality affairs, but the inventor’s own Original Vienna Snow Globe Company still makes high quality items to this day – almost a ¼m annually.
CIT, never one to shy away from something new, decided they would make a cool subject for a coin and as we’re now on a third issue, they were likely quite right. Themed around the seasons, the 1/10 oz silver coin sits upright, sealed inside one of these quality globes with Alpine water. They showcase the seasons and do so by following a young family and their dog. The 2017 had a young couple embrace under a cherry blossom tree. The 2018 Indian Summer issue had that couple push a pram with their new baby in it, and this 2019 entrant has the child a few years old playing in the snow. It’s a charming idea, pulled off with a distinctive style.
We’d imagine this ‘snow-filled’ one will be popular, given that’s the traditional filling for these globes, and we’d surmise these are firmly aimed at the gift market, rather than traditional coin collectors. Relatively affordable at around €70.00 (the globes themselves aren’t cheap), it has a mintage of 2,019 and is on pre-order now. Shipping is expected to start in early September, just in time for the holiday buying season.