While the fledgling silver foil market has mainly focused on the ever increasing media franchise presence in the numismatic world, the early issues were more interesting and innovative in nature. First amongst these was a superb reproduction of a 1507-penned map by regarded cartographer, Martin Waldseemuller, by CIT.
That was a 30g silver foil of an expansive 200 x 150mm in size, complete with tattered edge to replicate its age. A clever issue and one that looked great in hand. CIT never did issue a follow on to that foil, but Downies have taken up the challenge with a homage to the voyages of famed explorer, Captain James Cook.
In most respects this is identical to the 2017-issued Waldseemuller foil. The same size, weight, and presentation hint that CIT have produced this for Downies, although we’ve yet to see confirmation of that. The issuance for Cook Islands is another telling sign. Irrespective of that, this release must stand on its own two feet and does so with ease. We’ve always had a soft spot for old maps and their continuing relevance to the understanding of our own past achievements, but a coin isn’t the ideal canvas for depicting them. Foils certainly are.
Nicely presented in a themed card sleeve, we can’t imagine anyone with a penchant for cartography not getting pleasure from an icon of the field being reproduced in such a classy way. The mintage is set at 1,770 pieces, in a nod to the period of the voyages, and except for a price that seems quite high compared to the CIT original, would get a solid recommendation from me. Available now for $299.00 AUD direct from Downies.