Coin Invest Trust has created a coin which captures 542 million years of evolution on our planet condensed on a single coin, compressed on a nano chip. The Nano Life Coin is the fourth issue of the Nano series issued under the authority of the Cook Islands.
Introduced in the 1970s, nanotechnology is concerned with nanostructures, objects on the scale of individual atoms and molecules up to a maximum size of 100 nanometers. Ground-breaking results have already been achieved in informatics and medicine. With the Nano Series, this technology has found its way into minting.
The reverse design incorporates a green nano chip containing informative illustrations and summary texts about our planet’s evolution. The information on the nano chip can be accessed by a viewer under a microscope.
Evolution’s most important milestones are also made visible to the unaided eye. As an embodiment of growth a large colored tree is shown in the center of the coin. This tree is located on an island that is surrounded by water in different shades of cyan. A creature is just leaving the water, crawling onto the island, thus conquering a new habitat. Pterosaurs, apes and humans follow up as representatives of the tree of life. The inscription at the top reads “NANO LIFE”.
The obverse of the coin shows the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, as the head of state of the issuing authority. The inscriptions read “ELIZABETH II”, “COOK ISLANDS”, and the face value “10 DOLLARS”.
Each coin is struck in .999 silver to proof quality with a weight of 50 grams and diameter of 50 mm. The mintage is 1,000 pieces. The coins are minted by B.H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt GmbH. Collectors can purchase the issue through specialty dealers.