The reverse of the time capsule coin depicts clock faces and a pocket watch, plus the Latin legend “TEMPORA MUTANTUR, NOS ET MUTAMUR IN ILLIS” (“Times change and we change with them” in English). Featured on the obverse, in the midst of the gears of a clockwork, is the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II alongside the Queen’s name; the issuing nation; and the denomination.
Visually, the warped coin falls into line with the 2017 winner of the Coin of the Year award, the Space-Time Continuum coin. The packaging is a time capsule that can be filled with personal objects and closed with a seal.
The $5 dollar Fine silver coin measures 35 mm x 35 mm and has a Proof-like finish. The coin was minted at B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich, and there’s a mintage of 1,500 pieces.
MAGICAL CONGRESS, FANTASTICAL BEASTS
Harry Potter fans were waiting with eager anticipation for the latest work of British novelist Joanne K. Rowling.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is the title of the spin-off, whose film adaptation was nominated for two Academy Awards. The magical world of witches and wizards frames the battle between good and evil spun around the eccentric magizoologist Newt Scamander and his suitcase filled with mysterious creatures.
Coin Invest Trust has issued the first officially licensed commemorative Harry Potter coin, which is named after the recent spin-off. Only 5,000 specimens of this coin—manufactured for the Cook Islands from one ounce of Fine silver—are available worldwide, accompanied by a serially numbered certificate of authenticity imprinted directly onto the collector’s box.
The obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II as well as her name, the issuing nation, and the denomination. The reverse depicts the emblem of the fictive “Magical Congress,” including a thunderbird. The inscription “MAGICAL CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” is also engraved on the reverse.
With the displacement of Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista Zaldívar in 1959, Castro became an international symbol for the fight against imperialism, corruption, and military rule. As “Maximo Líder,” Castro embodied a human and humane communism for the students who took to the streets in 1968; however, this isn’t the only reason he was met with disapproval by the U.S. The Cuban invasion of the U.S. at the Bay of Pigs on April 17, 1961, almost began World War Three.
In 2008, the Commandante en Jefe resigned and handed over the state affairs to his brother Raúl, who gradually opened the country to the West.
The coins’ reverse features the bust of Fidel Castro alongside the inscription “FIDEL CASTRO” in Latin and Mongolian script. The year-date is also included on the reverse. The obverse features the name and coat of arms of the issuing nation; the denomination; and bullion content.
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