Quilling Art Bird

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April 6, 2017 – Coin Invest Trust first put the Quilling technique on a coin for the Cook Islands in 2016. The 2017 issue of this popular series presents a bird on a coin surface minted with smartminting© technology. The bird is sitting on the branch of a tree, whose two leaves are made with quilling technique just like the bird. Every specimen of this edition, limited to 999 pieces, is unique, with hand-crafted paper work. 

Cook Islands / 2 Dollars / Silver .999 / 1/2 oz / 50 mm / Mintage: 999.

The obverse displays the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Elizabeth II of England, also her name, the title of the issuing nation, and the nominal value.
The reverse features a bird, facing left, on the branch of a stylised tree. Both bird and two tree leaves are made with paper quilling technique. The depiction is framed by ornaments. The inscription reads QUILLING ART 2017.

Quilling shapes. Photo: AntonellaD / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

Quilling is impressive proof that everyday materials can be turned into artworks. Artists such as Yulia Brodskaya and Lisa Nilsson display their works, which often cover large areas with paper stripes rolled up into a multitude of shapes, in museums and galleries.

And that even though quilling is not at all an invention of our time. This creative form of artistic production was already practised by monks and nuns during the Renaissance. At a time when the concept of upcycling had not yet been invented, they collected the paper strips leftover from book trimming and turned them into elaborate ornaments for book covers. Today there are many practitioners of this hobby around the world. 

The coins were minted by B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt GmbH. Collectors can purchase the issues through specialty dealers.

You can take a look at all the details in this short film, in which Coin Invest Trust presents its Quilling Art Bird coin. 

Please find more information on this release here.

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And details of the first issue of this series are available in this CoinsWeekly news.