The 7 Summits – Kilimanjaro

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CIT Coin Invest AG has issued the fourth issue of the series “The Seven Summits”. It pays tribute to the Kilimanjaro by featuring a realistic image of Africa’s highest mountain that arises from the coins’ reverse.

Cook Islands / 25 Dollars / Silver .999 / 5 oz / 65 mm / Mintage: 777.

Description of the Coin

The obverse features the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank Broadley (signature IRB below the neck). In the right field micro minting .999. Around it the legend ELIZABETH II – COOK ISLANDS – 25 DOLLARS.

The reverse shows a bird’s eye view of the Kilimanjaro whose peaks are minted in high relief. Partial coloring in brown and green with white toning. The inscription is KILIMANJARO 5895 m – Eastern Rift Mountains, East Africa / THE 7 SUMMITS / 2018.

Background

Even though there are higher mountains among the “7 Summits”, none of them is associated with so many emotions as the Kilimanjaro highest mountain of Africa. This is due to German colonial politics and Nobel Prize laureate Ernest Hemingway.

Germans and British competed for the first ascent of “Kibo” as the summit is called today. Hans Meyer from Leipzig and Ludwig Purtscheller from Innsbruck achieved this in 1889. They brought a piece of the Kilimanjaro peak to the German emperor, which was incorporated in the decoration of the New Palace in Potsdam to symbolize the seizure of German East Africa.

The latter became the most important colony of the German Empire. After the German defeat in World War I, the Kilimanjaro came under British rule. It became a preferred target of English big-game hunters. Famous novelist Ernest Hemingway enjoyed the sublime view of the snow-covered mountain, too, on his journey in 1933. His expedition inspired him to write one of his most famous short stories, The Snows of Kilimanjaro.

Two of Kilimanjaro’s volcanic cones: Kibo (left) and Mawenzi (right). Photo: David Daniel Turner / CC BY-SA 3.0.

Thus, the Kilimanjaro became a place everybody dreams of and that still attracts countless mountaineers today. With the fourth issue of the award-winning series “The Seven Summits”, CIT Coin Invest sets an extraordinary numismatic monument to this mountain. State-of-the-art smartminting© technology make it possible to meticulously replicate the mountains’ relief for this series for the first time. Thanks to delicate color application, a realistic image of the mountain arises from the coins’ reverse.

Since the previous issues were a great success, this is to be expected for the Kilimanjaro, too. After all, it is not only coin collectors who want to own its image, but everyone who fondly remembers this marvelous massif.

 

Watch this video about the coin showing its elaborate details in three dimensions:

Further information about the coin is available on CIT Coin Invest’s website.

To learn more about the world’s highest mountains, have a look at this list.

You can find out how to concquer Mount Kilimanjaro here.

CoinsWeekly also reported about the previous issues of this series: Denali, Mount Everest and Aconcagua.

You can read online the complete text of Hemingway’s short story Snow on the Kilimanjaro.