One of the biggest and most impactful music events in history, Woodstock brought together some of the biggest bands of the late Sixties to play in a field meant to hold a fraction of the 400,000 that turned up. Like a lot of cultural events from the period, their influence felt much later on, Woodstock wasn’t popular with the locals, who spent decades afterwards trying to stop a repeat of the festival, but it has helped define a period in a way that wasn’t repeated until perhaps Live Aid in 1985.
Surprisingly, there’s been little in the way of coins commemorating Woodstock, so it was good to see CIT’s new ‘guitar-pick’ format, recently debuting as part of their new AC/DC 2019 range, employed to do the honours. The visual style of that coin, which you can see further down, is also used here, and to great effect. These are also minted by BH Mayer, and we wouldn’t be surprised to learn CIT had a hand in producing them.
The whole ‘flower-power’ look was very influential at the time and has been used to cover the background field of the reverse face. The 50th anniversary logo is sited across the coin and it all works well to bring out the essence of the times. The obverse carries the Ian Rank Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, as you would expect of a Cook Islands issue. It’s strange to believe that she’d been adorning coins for some 17 years before Woodstock even took place.
Unlike the ¼ oz silver AC/DC coin, the Woodstock issue also gets a gold release of equal weight. We understand that both will come boxed with a certificate of authenticity, but have yet to get images of them. The CIT issue came mounted to a blistercard, which doesn’t sound as good, but actually looks great. We’ve seen that coin and can confirm these are very cool designs and should have a lot of appeal to music buffs. Available to order now.