The Grand Canyon, one of the most impressive landscapes on earth, is the inaugural subject in a new program of coins under the heading “Spectacular Landscapes.” The sterling silver $5 piece dated 2014 issued under the auspices of the Cook Islands weighs 20 grams and has a diameter of 38.61 millimeters (1½ inches).
Its mintage is limited to 2,000 pieces in proof quality only. The bust of Queen Elizabeth II as designed by Ian Rank-Broadley is on the obverse, while the reverse shows a color view of the canyon with a marble inlay comprising part of the rock face. A California condor is flying above.
The Grand Canyon is about 280 miles long and runs through the state of Arizona. The rift is up to 5900 feet deep and measures 18.6 miles at its widest point. Over millions of years the Grand Canyon was cut into the rocks by the Colorado River. The first traces of humans found in the Grand Canyon area originate from Indians who were solely gatherers and hunters. Thousands of years later, ancient Pueblo people, who were farmers and lived in mud huts, settled there. About 700 years ago they disappeared without a trace and were replaced by other Native American tribes.
The biggest part of the Grand Canyon lies in the national park bearing its name. This park covers about 1900 square miles and features several fantastic gazebos on the North and the South Rim. About 5 million people visit it annually and marvel at this spectacular miracle of nature.
Orders are being accepted for $85.00 each on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information and to order visit www.coin-currency.com or contact the Coin & Currency Institute, P.O. Box 399, Williston, VT 05495. Toll-free 1-800-421-1866. Fax 802-536-4787. E-mail: [email protected] Add $5.75 per order for shipping and handling. Vermont residents should add 6% sales tax. Major credit cards are accepted.