The Journeys of Discovery Coin Collection celebrates intrepid travelers and their exploration and discovery of the unknown. This collection of coins features the most well-known and memorable explorers of their time, including Marco Polo and Christopher Columbus.
The Marco Polo 2oz Silver Coin marks the first release in the Journeys of Discovery Coin Collection.
Marco Polo (1254 - 1324) was an Italian merchant traveller from Venice, who recorded his travels in Livres des Merveilles du Monde (Book of the Marvels of the World, also known as The Travels of Marco Polo). This account did much to introduce Europe to Central Asia and Chinese culture.
Although he was not the first European to reach China, Marco Polo’s detailed account of his experiences was ground breaking for its time. These writings went on to inspire Christopher Columbus and many other travellers. In the centuries since his death Marco Polo has received recognition that was not given during his lifetime, as much of his journey of discovery has been verified.
This antique-finished, fully engraved and high-relief coin captures the moment of Marco Polo meeting the great Kublai Khan. The packaging of a protective draw string sack has been designed to model the transport materials used to trade around the globe at that time.
The New Zealand Mint will release no more than 2,000 of the 2015 Journeys Of Discovery - Marco Polo 2oz Silver Coin.
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