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ERTA ALE Volcano Crater Ethiopia Lava 2 Oz Silver Coin 2$ Niue Island 2014


The amazing Erta Ale volcano is immortalised on this very interesting 2 Oz Silver coin issued by Niue Island with an authentic fragment of lava inlaid. Erta Ale Volcano is located in Ethiopia and it is one of the few volcanoes on the world that have an almost persistent lava lake. The coin features Ultra High Relief, antique finish and mintage is extremely limited to only 688 pcs worldwide!

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Erta Ale Volcano
Erta Ale volcano is a large basaltic shield volcano in the Erta Ale volcanic range in the central northern Danakil depression (NE Ethiopia).
It is famed for its persistent lava lake which has been active during most of the past decades since it was first discovered in the 1960s.
Erta Ale is only 613 m high, but as typical for a shield volcano has a very gentle slopes and a large 40 km diameter base. The summit is truncated by a complex, elongated 1700 x 600 m wide caldera which contains vast lava flows and several larger and smaller pit craters, most notably the active north and south crater, which contains the lava lake at present.
Erta Ale is one of the main attractions of the Danakil, and had became a popular tour destination in recent years. Unfortunately, the deadly attack on 4 January 2012 against tourists and scientists camped on the crater rim, in which several were killed, illustrates that the area is politically unstable and can be subject to terrorist attacks. Anyone visiting the volcano should be aware of this.

  • CountryNiue
  • Year2014
  • Face Value2 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)62.2 (2 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)50
  • QualityAntique Finish
  • Mintage (pcs)688
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

This unique and extremely rare coin features an insert of a piece of lava with an amazing ultra high relief design. The coin’s obverse depicts the Raphael Maklouf effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination, and recall the reverse design.