After the great success of the first issue of “Eclectic Nature”, in 2022 CIT continues the series. Eclectic Nature is the title of a series that CIT started in 2021 with the depiction of the Siamese fighting fish. CIT used state-of-the-art minting technology in order to showcase the elegant and colorful fish. A complete success! In 2022, an at least equally colorful bird is to succeed the fighting fish: the European roller. Its iridescent blue wings, whose colors alternate between azure, ultramarine, turquoise and olive green, already fascinated Albrecht Dürer. In 1512, he captured one of them in a detailed watercolor study and painted the much lesser-known image of the Dead Blue Roller, which served him as a model, in the same year.
One side features a left-facing European roller, below the inscription ECLECTIC NATURE; the field is divided into two unequal parts, one of them has a shiny proof finish, the other a black finish.
The other side features the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley (initials: IRB); around it the name of the ruler, the issuing nation and the denomination.
The coin was minted in the B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt in Munich.
In fact, the wings of the vibrant bird, which CIT features prominently, too, are a marvel of evolution – and not only due to their coloring. The roller uses them to cover distances between 4,000 and 8,000 kilometers every year. This is the only way for the roller to reach its summer resp. winter habit.
And it’s only possible because nature has favored or – as Darwin would put it – selected the most capable individuals to advance their species over generations. And that’s exactly what the Greek word eklektós means, to which CIT alludes in the title of the series: selected, chosen. CIT dedicates a marvel of minting technology to this marvel of nature. Ultra-high relief, sophisticated color application, black finish and proof are combined to create a small work of art of the kind that can only be designed by CIT and that only B.H. Mayer can turn into reality.
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Did you know that rollers are spectactular artists when it comes to flying?