2019 $50 Fine Silver Coin – Rose of the Winds
Find your way home to me…
Nurture your spirit of adventure with a highly intricate compass rose that follows you on your collecting journey
The Rose of the Winds is a beautiful symbol of exploration that suggests a world of possibilities in every direction. To those who have set out into the world, this map feature is always set to one’s “True north,” regardless of where the winds take you. And to those who’ve grown weary from the journey, the immovable marker is your guide to finding your way home.
A fixture on antique maps, compasses, and even modern navigational systems, the Rose of the Winds connects explorers past and present.
This vintage-looking coin is a special look at the romance of exploration through the art of cartography. Its compass rose is the product of high intricate casting, with fixed points to represent the winds that have led seafarers since ancient times. The design also includes a number of classic map art elements; from mythical creatures to the fleur-de-lis “north” mark, these images recall a time when terra incognita still appeared on nautical charts—a time when our sense of wonder was greater than our scientific understanding.
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KEY SPECIAL FEATURES:
A tribute to the art of mapmaking. Only a 5 oz. coin could provide the right size of canvas (65 mm) for such an elaborate design that defies the ages.
Original art that has a vintage look. From mythical creatures to the engraved network of wind rose lines, this all-new design is inspired by classic map art and cartography elements that ensure an authentic vintage feel.
High intricate casting sends it soaring. The compass rose rises from the coin’s surface thanks to high intricate casting, which gives its 16 fixed points an almost 3D-like appearance.
Frosted to perfection. A full range of frosting techniques was the only way to do justice to the art, which features multi-faceted engraving on every level. A true showpiece that has the unmistakable look of supreme craftsmanship.
DID YOU KNOW?
The compass rose (or wind rose) made its first appearance in the late-13th century. Compared to the cluttered directional lines of older maps, the compass rose is a simple (but beautifully ornate) way of indicating the orientation of the directions on a map. Today, a contemporary compass rose motif can be seen on compasses, modern nautical charts and navigational systems, including global-positioning systems (GPS) and vey high frequency omni-directional range (VOR) system.
A compass roses may feature four, eight, 16 or even 32 points (both are on the coin’s reverse). While the four-point compass rose is limited to the main winds/cardinal directions (north, east, south, west), a more common eight-point symbol includes four cardinal directions and four ordinal directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, northwest). Sixteen points add the intermediate cardinal points (north-northeast, east-northeast, etc). And the mariner’s compass rose takes it a step further with 16 extra fractional divisions (i.e. north by east, northeast by north, etc). Naming all 32 points is known as “Boxing the compass.”
Maps didn’t always feature the north as the primary direction. Some map makers drew charts with southern points at the top, and European cartographers occasionally looked to the east—the direction of Jerusalem in the Mediterranean region—as the map’s starting point.
The fleur-de-lis has appeared on compass roses since the 16th century. It may be a French symbol, but the fleur-de-lis first appeared on a wind rose credited to a Portuguese cartographer. Before that, the letter “T” for “tramontane” (the name of the northerly wind) often represented the north.
The reverse image by Pandora Young is centred on a compass rose that has been brought to life by high intricate casting. The symbol’s 16 fixed points are set against engraved lines that emanate from the centre circle and form a 32-point compass rose. A fleur-de-lis marks the north “N” position and also represents a person’s “True north.” Cresting waves and an inner ring of etched clouds frame the image, which includes a network of wind rose lines and a mythical creature in each quadrant. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.
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