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POMPEII Forgotten Cities 1 Oz Silver Coin 2$ Niue 2016


The last issue in the Series Forgotten Cities, the city Pompeii, following Machu Picchu, Petra and Angkor. The city of Pompeii was an ancient Roman town-city near modern Naples in the Italian region of Campania. Struck from 1 Oz of pure 999 Silver in Proof Quality. Limited mintage at 2.000 pieces!

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Pompeii was an ancient city in southern Italy. The remains of the settlement are located near to Naples. The city of Pompeii was built at the foot of the volcano, Mount Vesuvius. People had forgotten that Pompeii even existed, and it lay buried under the ground for hundreds of years. In 1748 the excavation of Pompeii was begun and it archaeologists are still working on the site to this day.
The eruption of Vesuvius was quite sudden, and many of Pompeii’s inhabitants lost their lives while going about their daily work. Pompeii was not the only city covered by volcanic ash as a result of the eruption of Mt Vesuvius. Herculaneum and Stabiae may not be as famous, but the ash and cinders preserved them too. Many of the buildings of Pompeii uncovered by archaeologists were in fantastically good condition and many of the walls were still covered with frescoes. Hundreds of well-preserved artifacts were also found. Pompeii is now a major tourist attraction. It is UNESCO World Heritage Site and it attracts more than 2 million visitors every year.

  • CountryNiue
  • Year2016
  • 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 city Pompeii. 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.