MOUNT VESUVIUS Volcano Shape Antique Finish 6 Oz Silver Coin 30$ Niue 2016

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This 6 Oz Silver coin is one-of-a-kind coin in the shape of a volcano and is dedicated to the only active volcano located on the European mainland and one of the five most dangerous and oldest volcanos in the world. The coin has an Antique Finish quality and will be shipped in a special box, with the Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage to 600 pieces worldwide.

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Country Niue
Year 2016
Face Value 30 Dollars
Metal Silver
Fineness (purity) 999/1000
Weight (g) 186.6 (6 oz)
Size (mm) 21 x 49 x 54
Quality Antique Finish
Mintage (pcs) 600
Certificate (COA) Yes
Presentation case (box) Yes
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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.


This innovative Silver coin is an exceptional accomplishment of contemporary coinage – the only one of its kind Silver coin in the form of a volcano – is the embodiment of pure innovation! Its extraordinary design and shape emblematically reflect the turbulent history of Vesuvius and the ancient city of Pompeii. The obverse of the coin depicts the effigy of Her Majesty Elizabeth II, the face value: “30 Dollars”, the issue year: “2016” and the issue country: “Niue”.