The discovery of the Terracotta Army in rural China is widely considered one of the most significant archeological achievements of the past two centuries. Most people understand the origin story of the incredible army of statues. The 8,000 sculptures were originally crafted to guard former emperor Qin Shihuang in the afterlife. Just imagine being the group of Chinese farmers who uncovered this wealth of 8,000 unique statues. Since its discovery, the Terracotta Army has become a cultural landmark, both in China and all over the world. It is considered a protected World Heritage Site with UNESCO, and it has been referred to as the “8th Wonder of the World.”
Hero Bullion is excited to bring collectors this 2021 Cook Islands ½ Gram Gold Terracotta Warrior Coin. Each coin is struck using an additional layer of high relief capable of displaying all of the unique details on the faces of the Terracotta Warriors. Two soldiers decorate the reverse of the coin, along with a simple inscription: “Terracotta Warriors.” Because this coin comes to us from the Cook Islands, its obverse side depicts a recent artistic rendering of Queen Elizabeth II. The face value of the coin ($5), the year, mint, and Queen Elizabeth’s name also adorn the obverse of this coin.
- .9999 pure gold (½ gram)
- Face value of $5 backed by the government of Cook Islands
- High relief finish
- Reverse Depiction: Two Terracotta Warriors
- Obverse Depiction: Queen Elizabeth II’s effigy
Although the global reputation of the Terracotta Warriors is tough to dispute, most of us will never be able to see the glorious archeological achievement in person. Its majesty is breathtaking, according to people who have seen it firsthand. Each of the 8,000 warriors is decorated with their own facial expressions, markings, and facial hair. The goal of the creator(s) of this enigmatic set of sculptures was to closely resemble the individuality and different appearances that characterize an actual army. After all, you wouldn’t want an unrealistic army to accompany you into the afterlife.
A revolutionary smartminting process is what allows the minters behind this coin to strike a unique level of detail into the piece. Every detail on the faces of the two warriors is marvelously etched into the .9999 pure gold strike of the coin. We were particularly impressed with the fine details on the ornate armor worn by both warriors, which pays homage to the incredible culture and design of the Ancient Chinese military. This level of detail is once again highlighted on the obverse, where Queen Elizabeth’s hair and crown is displayed in stunning intricacy.
There are very few artistic achievements more impressive in the Ancient world than the Terracotta Army. Celebrate the tradition and archeological vastness of this achievement with the 2021 Cook Islands 1/2 gram Gold Terracotta Warrior. As with all of our coins, this piece is shipped carefully in a protective sleeve to prevent scuffing and other imperfections.