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VESUVIUS Volcano Pompeii Lava 2 Oz Silver Coin 2$ Niue Island 2015


The amazing Vesuvius volcano is immortalised on this very interesting 2 Oz Silver coin issued by Niue Island with an authentic fragment of lava inlaid. Vesuvius Volcano is located  in the Gulf of Naples, Italy, and it is one of several volcanoes which form the Campanian volcanic arc. The coin features Ultra High Relief, antique finish and mintage is extremely limited to only 688 pcs worldwide!

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Vesuvius Volcano
Mount Vesuvius, on the west coast of Italy, is the only active volcano on mainland Europe. It is best known because of the eruption in A.D. 79 that destroyed the city of Pompeii. Mount Vesuvius is considered to be one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world due to the large population of the city of Naples and the surrounding towns on the slopes nearby.

The volcano is classed as a complex stratovolcano because its eruptions typically involve explosive eruptions as well as pyroclastic flows. Vesuvius and other Italian volcanoes, such as Campi Flegrei and Stromboli, are part of the Campanian volcanic arc. The Campanian arc sits on a tectonic boundary where the African plate is being subducted beneath the Eurasian plate.

Under Vesuvius, scientists have detected a tear in the African plate. This “slab window” allows heat from the Earth’s mantle layer to melt the rock of the African plate building up pressure that causes violent explosive eruptions. In the past, Mount Vesuvius has had a roughly 20-year eruption cycle, but the last serious eruption was in 1944.

  • CountryNiue
  • Year2015
  • 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 Silver coin features the Vesuvius Volcano, with 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.