Crystal Coin - Happy Birthday
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New Zealand Mint is pleased to bring our customers a limited quantity of this stunning Crystal Coin from our partnering mint, the Czech Mint.
These unique coins are crafted in pure silver and embellished with beautiful Czech crystal. The coins available in this collection are; With Love, Good Luck and Happy Birthday.
To symbolise Birthday-greetings, this five-dollar Happy Birthday coin features a blossoming flower, from which emerge three perfectly ground, blue crystals, as flower petals. This stunning Happy Birthday coin will make a beautiful and treasured gift, to last a lifetime!
The obverse comprise of the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the words "2016", "Niue island" and "5 Dollars". The coin was designed by artist Irena Hradecká, DiS, from Jablonec.
Delight your loved ones or a business partners with this truly unique and treasured gift coin!
Style Number: 30-00521
- Precious Metal:
- Silver Coins
- Material: 999 Fine Silver
- Coin Weight: 42 g
- Coin Finish: Proof
- Coin Diameter: 50mm
- Coin Edge: Plain edge
- Coin Denomination: $5
- Year of Issue: 2016
- Author of Obverse: Irena Hradecká, DiS.
- Effigy: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
- Country of Issue: Niue Island
The first written mention of glassmaking in Bohemia dates back to 1162, though the most famous period of Czech glassmaking only came at the turn of the 17th and 18th centuries. That was when the baroque era glassmakers first made the "Bohemian crystal" – sturdy glass decorated by cutting and engraving whose exceptional sheen and physical properties resemble natural crystal.
With their unique discovery, Bohemian glassmakers overshadowed the Venetian glass, which had been peerless until then, and gained an unrivalled position on the European markets. Even though the secret of making the Bohemian crystal was divulged over time, the Bohemian glass conquered the world.
The town of Jablonec nad Nisou played an important role in the expansion of glassmaking, accounting for 65 % of the global production of glass jewellery towards the end of the 19th century, and the industry employed more than 30,000 people.
The 20th century started in a grand style for the Jablonec area as well since the amount of taxes that the town's entrepreneurs paid to the Habsburg monarchy in 1911 equalled the taxes collected for the entire land of Dalmatia!
Jablonec also became the mint town at the end of the 20th century. It is home to the Czech Mint, a company with its roots in the glass jewellery industry and the Czech Republic's exclusive supplier of both circulation and commemorative coins. It was just a matter of time until the strengths of both industries would combine.
This came to fruition in the works of art from the new CRYSTAL COIN series that marries a plethora of emotions. The wealth of shapes and the unique lustre please both the eye and the soul and demonstrate that Czech glassmakers, glass cutters and medal makers are true masters of their respective crafts!
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