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THE GREAT TEA RACE 150th Anniversary 2 Oz Silver Coin 10$ Cook Islands 2016


This beautiful Silver coin celebrates the 150th anniversary of “The Great Tea Race”. In 1866, some of the fastest clippers carrying cargo competed in a legendary sailing race. The coin features two fastest ships in history – the Taeping and Ariel, in ultra high relief thanks to a new technology – Smartminting, with a Proof quality. Limited mintage to 999 pcs worldwide!

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The Great Tea Race
In the middle third of the 19th Century, the clippers which carried cargoes of tea from China to Britain would compete in informal races to be first ship to dock in London with the new crop of each season. The Great Tea Race of 1866 was keenly followed in the press, with an extremely close finish. Taeping docked 28 minutes before Ariel - after a passage of more than 14,000 miles. Ariel had been ahead when the ships were taken in tow by steam tugs off Deal, but after waiting for the tide at Gravesend the deciding factor was the height of tide at which one could enter the different docks used by each ship. The third finisher, Serica, docked an hour and 15 minutes after Ariel. These three ships had left China on the same tide and arrived at London 99 days later to dock on the same tide. The next to arrive, 28 hours later, was Fiery Cross, followed, the next day, by Taitsing.

  • CountryCook Islands
  • Year2016
  • Face Value10 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)62.2 (2 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)38.61
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)999
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
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The reverse of this interesting Silver coin features two of the fastest ships – the “Taeping” and “Ariel” and marks the 150th anniversary of The Great Tea Race, in 1866. The coin is very attractive thanks to a new technology – Smartminting - with unprecedented dimensions of high reliefs. The design of these coin issues is based on the oil painting by famous British maritime artist Jack Spurling. It shows the close finish between the two ships in the English Channel after a three-month head-to-head race. All around of the reverse, the inscriptions: “The Great Tea Race of 1866”, “Be The First To Dock In London” and “150th Anniversary 2016”. On the coin's obverse the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the face value – 10 Dollars and the year – 2016.