In 2019, the first issue of CIT’s successful “Trapped” series was released. Even long-time collectors and museum curators were fascinated by this enigmatic coin’s aesthetics. At the time, no one could have imagined how innovative this series was to become, as CIT created the first numismatic picture story with the next four issues, the last of which – Escape – will be released in 2023. Following the tradition of comic strips, the “Trapped” series uses five motifs to tell the story of the fate of the human whose fearfully distorted face was depicted on the first “Trapped” issue. With the last coin, “Escape”, it becomes obvious that the prisoner has escaped his tormentor.
The latest 5 Dollars coin weighing one ounce was minted in Antique finish with the special technique smartminting® in High Relief at B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt in Munich.
Description of the Coin
One side depicts a ripped cloth, revealing the view into a vault. In the background an empty chair, on the floor an undone fetter. In the foreground an androgynous vampire to the left, screaming in anger. On the outer edge the incuse legend TRAPPED and 2023.
The other side features the portrait of Elizabeth II, below IRB (= Ian Rank-Broadley), around it the legend ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS.
CIT has thus completely redefined the concept of a numismatic series. Until now, a “series” consisted of depictions that belonged to a common theme – animals, mountains, personalities. With “Trapped”, CIT added a chronological element to this concept: the coin motifs must be arranged in a certain order so that the viewer’s imagination can unravel the story around it.
In the shadow of this conceptual innovation, the outstanding craftsmanship behind “Trapped” goes almost unnoticed. The fine gauze-like surface, under which the action unfolds in the form of mere shapes, could only be achieved in this perfection thanks to state-of-the-art smartminting® technology. Just a few years ago, a series such as Trapped would have been impossible from the technical point of view.
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