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MARCO POLO Journeys Of Discovery 2 oz Silver Coin 5$ Niue 2015


This Marco Polo 2 oz Silver Coin marks the first release in our new Journeys of Discovery Coin Series. Each release will be presented in a timber treasure chest with a uniquely numbered certificate of authenticity. This in turn will be packed in a protective draw string bag, modelled on those used to transport materials to trade around the globe on great Journeys of Discovery throughout history.

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Marco Polo
Marco Polo was a Italian merchant traveller whose travels are recorded in Livres des merveilles du monde (Book of the Marvels of the World, also known as The Travels of Marco Polo, c. 1300), a book that introduced Europeans to Central Asia and China.
He learned the mercantile trade from his father and uncle, Niccolò and Maffeo, who travelled through Asia, and met Kublai Khan. In 1269, they returned to Venice to meet Marco for the first time. The three of them embarked on an epic journey to Asia, returning after 24 years to find Venice at war with Genoa; Marco was imprisoned and dictated his stories to a cellmate. He was released in 1299, became a wealthy merchant, married, and had three children. He died in 1324 and was buried in the church of San Lorenzo in Venice.
Marco Polo was not the first European to reach China (see Europeans in Medieval China), but he was the first to leave a detailed chronicle of his experience. This book inspired Christopher Columbus and many other travellers. There is a substantial literature based on Polo's writings; he also influenced European cartography, leading to the introduction of the Fra Mauro map.

  • CountryNiue
  • Year2015
  • Face Value5 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)62.2 (2 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)40
  • QualityAntique Finish
  • Mintage (pcs)2.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

The coin's reverse depicts a beautiful fully engraved, high-relief coin has an antique finish. The illustration shows the moment of Marco Polo meeting the great Kublai Khan. This scene is set in a stronghold of the powerful Mongol Empire which Polo marvelled so much at discovering.
The coin's obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.