Introducing the MAGNIFICENT ARGALI Ram Gold Coin, a true masterpiece that showcases the beauty and grandeur of the largest species of wild sheep, the argali. Found in the highlands of western East Asia, the Himalayas, Tibet, and the Altai Mountains, these remarkable creatures command attention with their majestic presence. Standing up to 135 cm (4 ft) high and measuring up to 200 cm (7 ft) long, argali are well adapted to thrive in extreme cold, arid environments, and at elevations reaching up to 5800 m (19000 ft).
While argali possess incredible physical capabilities, they face threats from their main predators, Himalayan wolves and leopards. The species is considered near threatened due to domestic livestock ranching and hunting, driven by the allure of capturing a trophy specimen. Argali are hunted for their meat and their horns, which hold significance in traditional Chinese medicine. Male argali exhibit two large corkscrew-shaped horns, some measuring up to 190 cm (6 ft 3 in) in total length and weighing up to 23 kg (51 lb). These horns are used by males to compete with each other, while females also carry smaller horns.
The reverse of this gold coin features a front-facing view and a side profile of an argali. The side profile view is struck in ultra-high relief, capturing intricate details of the fur and the horn with astounding precision. The smartminting® relief extends all the way to the edge of the coin, creating a truly sublime depiction of this graceful animal. The front-facing view of the argali is expertly struck, appearing like a ghosted image in the background. This effect is achieved through razor-fine detail and relief, resulting in a captivating visual presentation. On the obverse, the corkscrew horns of an argali are portrayed in ultra-high relief, accompanied by a tilted effigy representing the argali's face. The background showcases a unique geometric pattern with the hidden "2022" date incorporated into the design.
With a weight of 1/10 oz and a size of 16.5 mm, this gold proof coin exudes elegance and sophistication. Its quality craftsmanship and striking beauty make it a coveted addition to any collection. With a limited mintage of only 999 pieces, this coin is a true testament to the artistry and skill of smartminting® technology. Celebrate the magnificence of the argali and own a piece of natural splendor that will be cherished for generations to come.
The smartminting© technology is a ground-breaking advancement in contemporary numismatics that permits an unparalleled level of ultra-high relief, and it establishes novel benchmarks in the coin industry.
- This technology enables the production of standard weight coins with larger diameters, while maintaining high relief height.
- It also allows for coins with greatly reduced weight to maintain standard relief heights and permits coins with only slightly increased weight to exhibit high reliefs.