WMF20: Quirky mesh-finish ‘Trapped’ series from CIT returns with an eerie pair of hands

A hugely original release from CIT Coin Invest last year was a coin called ‘Trapped‘. Depicting a human face screaming from behind some tightly stretched fabric, it raised in us that innate claustrophobic fear that almost all of us have. Collectors certainly were unafraid to buy the coin, as it sold out in pretty rapid time, so it is of little surprise to see a follow-on.

Moving down, this is an equally creepy pair of hands, seemingly trying to push their way through the same type of textured fabric as the face was. Clearly some considerable effort has been expended on getting the patterns of stress replicated in the mesh itself. Get that wrong and the whole illusion falls to pieces, so kudos to the designer on that score.

This is again, a one-ounce fine silver coin with a 999 mintage and a neat themed tin for presentation. Issued for the Cook Islands, the obverse is a typical one comprising the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II surrounded by the inscribed issue details. A very inventive issue as we’ve come to expect from CIT. Worryingly, they do seem to be working their way down the human body, so here’s hoping next years issue isn’t a close up of a budgie smuggler…

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SPECIFICATION
DENOMINATION $5 CID (Cook Islands)
COMPOSITION 0.999 silver
WEIGHT 31.1 grams
DIMENSIONS 38.6 mm
FINISH Antique
MODIFICATIONS Smartminting
MINTAGE 999
BOX / C.O.A. Yes / Yes
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