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New Release Forgotten Cities – Pompeii 1 oz Silver Coin

Pompeii was an ancient Roman city, situated near modern Naples in Italy. The town was founded around the 7th century BC by the Osci people. Centuries of growth followed, as the city became a destination for holiday makers, attracted by the sun and fine coastal scenery. Elegant villas, bustling shops and bathhouses all lined the paved streets. On 24 August in 79 AD, the nearby Mount Vesuvius erupted. Falling debris and poisonous vapours filled the streets of Pompeii, burying the thriving community under 5 m (16 ft) of ash. 2,000 citizens perished, and what was left of the city was soon abandoned. 

Over 1,500 years passed, before an initial discovery in 1599 led to a broader rediscovery in 1748 by the Spanish explorer Rocque Joaquin de Alcubierre. He was amazed to find that underneath a thick layer of dust and debris, the city of Pompeii had been preserved perfectly, due to a lack of air and moisture. Today, the excavation of Pompeii continues, as we gain an insight into what life was like during the Roman Empire. The city has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and receives 2.5 million tourists every year.

‘The cloud was rising from a mountain-at such a distance we couldn't tell which, but afterwards learned that it was Vesuvius. I can best describe its shape by likening it to a pine tree. It rose into the sky on a very long "trunk" from which spread some "branches." - Pliny The Younger.

New Zealand Mint has released a beautifully engraved Silver coin which captures the air of mystery of the forgotten city of Pompeii, situated near modern Naples in Italy. Pompeii was known for its elegant villas, bustling shops and bathhouses, all lining the paved streets. On 24 August in 79 AD, the nearby volcano Mount Vesuvius erupted. Falling debris and poisonous vapours filled the streets of Pompeii, burying the thriving community under 5m (16 ft) of ash. Over 2,000 citizens perished, and what was left of the city was soon abandoned.

This beautifully engraved Silver coin captures the air of mystery of the forgotten city of Pompeii, situated near modern Naples in Italy. The Forgotten Cities – Pompeii 1 oz Silver Coin is presented in an explorer-themed travel journal coin case. The Certificate of Authenticity is printed onto the packaging and there is a worldwide Limited Mintage of 2,000 coins.

Solve the clue of the next ‘Forgotten Cities’ coin to be released by finding the Longitude and Latitude of this city hidden within the packaging. Hint: the use of a magnifying glass may assist!

This classic-styled engraved coin would appeal to those who have interests in historical culture and travel, see it in more detail here.

 Forgotten Cities Coin Collection - NZ Mint

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