2018 Silver 1 oz Samoa Seahorse
This highly-stylized 2018 Silver 1 oz Samoa Seahorse coin, minted in stunning 999 BU Proof-like finish will amaze you! Issued by the U.S. based Scottsdale Mint, in cooperation with the government of the South Pacific island nation of Samoa, this coin is a real show piece.
Unique Abstract Stain-glass Design
There are three fascinating subjects that come together in the release of this beautiful Samoan seahorse coin. First is the coin itself. This is one of the most artistically stylized nature designs we’ve seen in quite awhile. In fact, Scottsdale described it as a “unique abstract stain-glass design.“
That is certainly the case, but it leaves out one of the most stunning aspects of the coin’s design. The wide band encircling the rim is a wonderful patchwork of various sized geometric shapes. Each shape contains finely-engraved lines, and the various angles of these lines reflect the light differently. As you hold the coin and rotate it, the result is reminiscent of sunlight glistening off the seawater swells off the coast of Samoa.
The seahorse in the center inset is shown naturally camouflaged, floating amongst sea grass slowly waving in the flow of the current. Bubbles are shown rising from the ocean floor. The seahorse itself is displayed as though created of carefully-cut glass pieces. It’s geometric form is just as it would be in a fine piece of stain-glass artwork. The inscriptions, “1 OZ . 999 SILVER . SEAHORSE” are in a very attractive type-style, and are include in the wide band.
The reverse beautifully displays the Samoan crest filling nearly the entire field. The rim is tightly-enircled by a distinctive beaded band. The inscriptions include “SAMOA” at the top rim, and the denomination of 2 Tala (WST) at the bottom. The release year is split on either side of the crest.
A Most Curious Sea Creature
And then, there is the subject of the coin, the seahorse. The seahorse’s inclusion on this South Pacific island coin should be no surprise. Samoa has the perfect habitat for these tropical sea creatures to thrive. And thrive they do!
This is certainly one of the more curiously-shaped fishes of the ocean. With its head shaped somewhat in the form of a horse head, the common name designation is quite appropriate. When asking children which is their favorite sea creature, the seahorse is always one of the top five. Highly recognizable, and included in countless children’s books and cartoon series, kids just seem naturally to love them. Although, the actual story of the sea creature is really more fascinating than the cartoon version.
A Divided History
As with many of the islands positioned along the early development of the various international shipping lanes, Samoa’s colonial history had strong international involvement. This reached as far back as the eighteenth century. Along with the shipping lanes interests, the nineteenth century also gave rise to colonial development of lucrative commercial tropical-crop interests. The three major competing international powers involved were Germany, Britain, and the United States.
Conflicts escalated to civil war, which extended some eight years. However, the armed conflicts did not cease until 1899 with the three colonial powers agreeing to the official partitioning of the Samoan islands (archipelago) with the Tripartite Convention of 1899. The United Kingdom agreed to release their claims, while Germany and the U.S. divided the island chain into German Samoa (western islands), and American Samoa (eastern).
Each continued to develop their interests, until the outbreak of World War I, when Great Britain requested New Zealand to seize German Samoa, thus deposing German control of the western islands. They were further directed to occupy the islands and set up an administrative government, under trusteeship in 1914.
After continuing pressure from internal Samoan resistance to the trusteeship, independence was finally granted in 1962. And finally, 35 years later in 1997, Western Samoa officially change its name to Samoa. Now an Independent State ruled under a unitary parliamentary democracy, and a member nation of the Commonwealth of Nations, as well as of the United Nations. As for the islands making up American Samoa they continue today as an unincorporated territory of the Unites States, although unofficially self-governing under their own 1967 Constitution.
With a limited mintage of 30,000 for worldwide distribution, you should not delay!
- 2018 Silver 1 oz Samoa Seahorse.
- Contains 1 troy oz of .999 fine Silver BU (proof-like finish).
- Produced for Samoa by U.S. Scottsdale Mint.
- Limited mintage of only 30,000!
- Obverse: Features a unique abstract design of a seahorse stylized as a stain-glass art piece.
- Reverse: Displays an image of the Samoan Crest, with a distinctive beaded band at the rim.
- Individual coins will come in mint-issued plastic capsules.
- Legal tender of 2 Tala (WST), backed by the government of Samoa.
Scottsdale Mint stands tall as one of the most highly regarded and globally recognized private mints in the industry. A U.S. based company, Scottsdale made an unflinching commitment to quality consistency in every step of their business and manufacturing processes. With ISO 9001 certification, they are prepared to bring together innovation, creativity, quality, and efficiency into their finished products. Investors in precious metals demand the finest and the Scottsdale hallmark provides the name and backing for peace of mind!
Scottsdale is often envied by their peers for some of the most stunning and unique series designs in the private sector. The impeccable skill of their creative staff is clearly displayed with each new coin released. Though other mints may envy, Scottsdale customers anxiously await each release of their favorite series! Their anticipation is never disappointed.
Scottsdale Mint has also established themselves in the global market. Providing creative design and minting services to smaller nations around the world, they produce those countries’ legal tender bullion coinage.
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