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PETRA Forgotten Cities 1 Oz Silver Coin 2$ Niue 2015


The second issue in the new Series Forgotten Cities, the historical city - Petra. Struck from 1 Oz of pure 999 Silver in Proof Quality. Generating great interest amongst collectors of innovative and unique world coins, this is sure to be one of the most memorable releases in this prestigious collector program. Limited mintage at 2.000 pieces!

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Petra is the most popular attractions in Jordan for tourists and also one of the world's most famous historical archeological sites. It is an ancient city located between the Dead Sea and the Red Sea. The city is half man-made and half carved into the rock and had a water conduit system that is also one of the reasons the city is famous. It is often referred to as the Rose City because of the rose color of the rock from which the city was carved. The Western world knew nothing of Petra until a Swiss explorer introduced it in 1812.
Petra is thought to have been established as early as 312 BC. It was the capital city of Nabataens. There is evidence to suggest that between 1550 and 1292 BC settlements had begun in and around Petra. Petra was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. UNESCO also described Petra as one of the most precious cultural properties of man's cultural heritage.

  • CountryNiue
  • Year2015
  • Face Value2 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)40
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)999
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

The reverse of the coin depicts the historical and archaeological city - Petra. This proof quality coin captures the air of mystery of this attractive place. Recorded on the coin is the engraved latitude and longitude of this historic location. The coin’s obverse depicts the Queen Elizabeth II.