The obverse is adorned with a delicate, lightly deepened 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 circumscription ELIZABETH II, 10 DOLLARS, COOK ISLANDS, and the year 2018.
The surface of the reverse takes up the floral pattern of the obverse. Set against this background is the legend Little Secrets in cursive. Incused in the middle is the shape of a keyhole, presenting a cut-out from a painting by Bryce Cameron Liston in colour application. The painting shows a scene from a young lady’s dressing room.
Basically, coin minting is nothing but pressing a relief onto a previously flat blank. However, the mastery with which the Little Secrets coin, at only two ounces of silver, plays with different relief heights and takes the word “minting“ to the next level. Little Secrets unlocks the full potential of smartminting. The extremely high relief of the keyhole-shaped incuse is combined with delicate floral tendrils exhibiting an extremely low relief.
The coin, already minted with the highest perfection, is rounded off with a colour application on the incused surface so that the coin produces a kind of keyhole effect. We can also see a cut-out from a painting by contemporary painter Bryce Cameron Liston. It shows a young woman at her dressing table. She has already put on shoes and undergarments and is about to pick a hairband matching her shoes.
Even though the coin’s name may superficially refer to the secrets of the female dressing room, the technique which yields both a high relief and recessed color application in harmony also remains the mint’s little secret.
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