The obverse features a decorative floral pattern, onto which a round blank space is set in the upper middle of the coin, showing the portrait of the English Queen and the inscription ELIZABETH II, and COOK ISLANDS. The denomination and issue year are also included.
The reverse shows a scarab on a round blank space. Below, is a continuation of the floral pattern from the obverse. In the fields below, are the titles SECRET RIDDLE, SOLAR ZENITH (with a Swarovski crystal), and WITHERING BLAZE, respectively.
Egyptian mythology knows nine creator deities. CIT Coin Invest AG’s “Scarab Collection” series consists of nine types of Scarabs. It is dedicated to a central figure in the Egyptian religion, the scarab, which the Sun god Ra rolls through the darkness of the underworld and over the horizon, returning light to the world.
With the three types: Secret Riddle, Solar Zenith, and Withering Blaze, presented together as “Selection III” — CIT Coin Invest AG completes this series.
In biology, the Scarabaeidae are known as a subfamily of the Scarabaeidae or scarab beetles, of which nine different species are represented on the nine coins in the “Scarab Collection.” Like a mosaic, the series plays with different base colours for the surfaces on which the scarabs are engraved in perfect smartminting quality. The scarabs themselves are also treated with an elaborate surface finish, with every coin receiving a different finish.
Selection III consists of a combination of black rhodium on classic silver for Secret Riddle, of gilded perfection with a yellow Swarovski crystal for Solar Zenith, and in brilliant silver on rosé-shimmering red-gold alloy under the name of Withering Blaze.
The “Scarab Collection” series is a perfect example demonstrating today’s possibilities in surface treatment. Even though each individual specimen is an exhibit of technical mastery in itself, only the series in its entirety brings out the diversity of what is possible today.
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