September 14, 2017 – In the past years, the summits of our planet’s most famous mountains have already adorned some coins in CIT’s popular “Mountains and Flora” series. At the 2016 coin fair of the American Numismatic Association, CIT presented “The 7 Summits”, a new and exclusive limited-edition series dedicated to the world’s seven most spectacular summits.
Cook Islands / 25 Dollars / Silver .999 / 5 oz / 65 mm / Mintage: 777.
The obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Elizabeth II of England, as well as her name, the name of the issuing nation, nominal value, and fine content.
The reverse shows Mount Everest from a bird’s eye perspective, its majestic heights cast in a three-dimensional relief. Also, the inscription MOUNT EVEREST 8848 M – HIMALAYAS, ASIA and THE 7 SUMMITS as well as the year of issue.
Mount Everest. Photo: Fabien1309 / Wikipedia
Minted from 5 ounces of fine silver, the series’ second issue features its highest summit at 8848 m. Located in the Himalayas on the border between China and Nepal, and Tibet on the plateau, Mount Everest is also known as “Holy Mountain” or “Holy Mother (of the universe)”. Probably the most famous eight-thousander, Mount Everest – which is in fact a collection of several individual peaks – received its official name in 1856 by British surveyor George Everest. The first ascent of the mountain, which is listed as UNESCO World Heritage today, was completed by Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa Tensing Norgay on May 29, 1953. 25 years later, Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler made the first ascent without supplemental oxygen.
The 7 Summits – Mount Everest.
“The 7 Summits – Mount Everest” features a breathtakingly detailed topographic relief thanks to smartminting©. It depicts the terrain of the peak, which continues to be one of the greatest challenges for mountaineers, pin sharp and with selective colour application.
The coins were minted by B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt GmbH. Collectors can purchase the issues through specialty dealers.
Please find more information on these coins here.
This is the CIT website.
A wealth of information on Mount Everest can be found on EverestNews.
And it features prominently on National Geographic.