Another of the pleasant surprises from Coin Invest Trust’s huge 25-coin release run for the 2016 World Money Fair was this perfect example of just how impressive SmartMinting can be when applied to high relief on a relatively small coin, and to how a very small coin can still keep all the detail and size of a bigger one.
The Great Tea Race of 1866 was one of those events that captured the public imagination of the day and was a race between some quite beautiful sailing merchant vessels, the thoroughbreds of their day, between China and London. Those of you who have seen the Cutty Sark moored at Greenwich in London as a museum ship will have a great idea of what these vessels looked like. Under full sail, they must have been a phenomenal sight, and it’s fair to say that CIT have captured that look very well with this superb new coin.
Available in an ultra high-relief 2 oz or a high-relief 8g (approx ¼ oz) format, both coins exhibit a level of detail and relief that belies their size. Take a look at the image of the 8g coin below and note the relief. It’s quite impressive for a standard 38.61mm 1 oz coin. This is a ¼ oz 38.61mm coin! The idea that a coin of that diameter, yet weighing so little and carrying that much relief, would not have seemed possible just a month ago, a quite extraordinary demonstration of the SmartMinting process. The 2oz coin, obviously with more metal to work with, has taken the relief to its full potential and given the sails of this ship and the dolphins, a three-dimensionality that brings it to life. If these are the first releases of their kind from CIT, we can’t wait to see what comes next.
Sailing vessels seem to be a well-liked theme for coins, and this is the best we’ve ever seen. Having had these in hand we can safely recommend any collector that likes the look of these to seek one out. Packaging is the usual custom printed wooden box with an enclosed Certificate of Authenticity. Early pricing has the 2oz around the €120 mark, and more dealers will no doubt have it up shortly.