Open Roads – Open Minds

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This newest issue of CIT is for all those for whom the journey is the reward and the real pleasure. The two coins from Cook Islands and Palau are dedicated to the “Open Roads” and minted with the special smartminting® technology in high relief by B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt in Munich.

Cook Islands / 10 dollars / silver .999 / 2 oz / 38.61 mm / Mintage: 999.

Description 10 Dollar Coin

One side is dominated by the hood of an American road cruiser of the 1950s, around it the scale of a speedometer; in the lower field the inscription OPEN ROADS – OPE  HEARTS. 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, below the year 2021.

Description 1 Dollar Coin

One side depicts a vintage car, a road cruiser of the 50s. The blank is formed in the shape of a car. The other side features the coat of arms of Palau with the inscription REPUBLIC OF PALAU $ 1.

Palau / 1 dollar / gold .9999 / 0.5 g / 13.92 mm / Mintage: 15,000.

Background of “Classic Cars”

After Fair Winds and Blue Skies, CIT now dedicates a coin to the roads of the world with Open Roads. After all, the roads open the eyes and the heart of the traveler. Open Roads is a declaration of love to the lifestyle and the worldview of a cosmopolitan. The epitome of this wanderlust are the road cruisers used by Americans in the 1950s to travel their continent. This era marked the beginning of modern individual tourism. Escaping from one’s daily life for a little while replaced organized group travel and became the favorite leisure activity of an aspiring middle class. The USA was the leader of this development, the road movie became an artistic landmark and to this day, every car enthusiast wants to make the Road 66 road trip at least once in his life.

The new collector’s coin by CIT Coin Invest captures this attitude towards life. CIT deliberately chose not to depict a particular car brand, which is why we see the CIT logo in microminting in the middle of the hood of the car.

For many car enthusiasts, Route 66 is the epitome of wanderlust. Photo: vitavalka via Pixabay.

The coin Open Roads is a wonderful gift for all those in whose veins runs motor oil. Coin collectors will also be amazed by the technical masterpiece that combines state-of-the-art smartminting® technology with microminting. Please note the elaborate finishes: Black Proof featuring details in Silk Finish and Proof. Those who do not manage to get their hands on one of the 999 pieces will be glad to know that there is also a splendid Special Shape gold coin available depicting the road cruiser not from the front but from the side.


Further information about the 10 Dollars Cook Islands coin and the 1 Dollar Palau coin can be found on the website of CIT.

Both coins can also be viewed on Cosmos of Collectibles: 10 Dollars Cook Islands and 1 Dollar Palau.

You can find more CIT coins in the database of Cosmos of Collectibles.

If you want to fully understand the three-dimensionality of this coin, you have to watch this video:


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This video shows you 20 great stops at the famous Route 66.

And if you love historic British cars, you can debauch in classic cars on the website of the British Motor Museum.