The forgotten city of Pompeii was an ancient Roman city, situated near modern Naples in Italy, known for its’ elegant villas, bustling shops and bathhouses, all lining the paved streets. On 24 August in 79 AD, the nearby volcano Mount Vesuvius erupted.
Falling debris and poisonous vapours filled the streets of Pompeii, burying the thriving community under 5m (16 ft) of ash. 2,000 citizens perished, and what was left of the city was soon abandoned.
Over 1,500 years passed, before an initial discovery in 1599 led to a broader rediscovery in 1748 by the Spanish explorer Rocque Joaquin de Alcubierre. He was amazed to find that underneath a thick layer of dust and debris, the city of Pompeii had been preserved perfectly, due to a lack of air and moisture.
Today, the excavation of Pompeii continues, as we gain an insight into what life was like during the Roman Empire. The city has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and receives 2.5 million tourists every year.
The Forgotten Cities - Pompeii 1oz Silver coin is packaged in an impressive explorer-themed travel journal coin case, which holds the clue to the next coin release in this series. Find the Longitude and Latitude of the next Forgotten Cities release within the packaging. Hint: the use of a magnifying glass may assist!
This beautiful Fine Silver engraved coin is the fourth release in the Forgotten Cities coin collection.
The New Zealand Mint will release no more than 2,000 of the 2016 Forgotten Cities Pompeii 1oz Silver Proof Coin.
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