Anchor: Fair Winds was a very pretty coin launched last year by CIT Coin Invest at the World Money Fair. Utilising the high-relief ability inherent in smartminting, along with their relatively new Black Proof finish, it was a fine nautically-themed design (image at bottom). For 2020, we’re seeing a second issue in the same style but heading to the clouds.
Of all of CIT’s excellent WMF20 selection we saw, this one particularly appealed to me. A really beautiful strike of a great design, if you have a love of military history or aviation, you’ll find much to like here. Depicting a nose-on view of the propeller and radial engine of a mid 20th century fighter (it looks a little like a T-28 Trojan trainer, or maybe a CAC Boomerang), it is finished in a combination of proof and black proof for extra contrast. Called ‘Blue Skies & Tailwinds’ , this 2oz silver coin is issued for Cook Islands and carries the effigy of QEII on its obverse. It is supplied in a themed box with a C.O.A. and has a mintage of 999 pieces.
As this is CIT, we also get a minigold 0.5g accompaniment to the main attraction, and in this case it is one of their shaped efforts. A very neat sub-14mm gold replica of a Supermarine Spitfire, one of the best looking aircraft of all time, makes a neat pairing for the silver coin. A considerably larger 15,000 mintage, quite normal for the type, means obtaining one is a lot easier. This comes with a certificate, but the box is optional. Many dealers include it now that CIT have a small and cheap custom item designed just for the job. Both the silver and gold coins are available to order now, with shipping commencing around the end of April.