Description of the Coin
The obverse bears Ian Rank Broadley’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II (signature IRB below the neck). Surrounding inscription ELIZABETH II, 5 DOLLARS, COOK ISLANDS, 2018.
The reverse shows the red-eyed tree frog in color, sitting on a green leaf. In the field to the left is the collection’s title MAGNIFICENT LIFE.
Since 2015, CIT Coin Invest AG has been annually issuing the “Magnificent Life” series, presenting colorful images of creatures. After Peacock (2015), Wasp Spider (2016) and Cobra (2017), the newest edition is dedicated to the red-eyed tree frog (Agalychnis callidryas). With its attractive colors of bright green, yellow, blue, crimson, and orange, it is popular in terrariums around the world.
Its Latin specific name, callidryas, has Greek roots and is composed of the words “kalos” (beautiful) and “dryas” (tree inhabitant), which makes a fitting description for this beautiful tree inhabitant with its brilliant colors. The coin designed by CIT Coin Invest AG does that justice, presenting the animal in its full beauty thanks to elaborate, precise, and detailed color application. As the frog’s habitat, it features a leaf with a delicate silhouette, standing out from the perfectly shiny Proof surfaces.
Typical design features of the “Magnificent Life” series are the slightly concave reverse and the precision with which the colored parts and the perfect background alternate. So far, all items of every edition in the series were sold out within a short time. It is to be expected that the charismatic Tree Frog as the collection’s youngest representative will meet the same fate.
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