One of the most iconic landmarks in the Yosemite, the mountain known as Half Dome was a notoriously difficult destination for climbers and adventurers in the 19th century. Right up until it was finally scaled, experts on the area described it as “perfectly inaccessible,” and the mountaineer George Anderson had made numerous attempts at the summit before he succeeded in 1875. By drilling holes and sinking eye bolts into the sheer granite, he not only conquered the mountain but also set up helpful infrastructure for subsequent climbers such as Sarah Louise Dutcher, who became the first woman to climb the peak in 1876. Today, the mountain’s trails draw thousands of hikers each year, and its unique profiled is celebrated by 2023 Proof Cook Islands Half Dome 1/2 Gram Gold Coin.
The 2023 Proof Cook Islands Half Dome Gold Coin shows the famous mountain in an engraving offset against a proof-quality mirrored backdrop. Its original-mint capsule features a photo-realistic image of the mountain and contains a Certificate of Authenticity, and it ships fully insured by the team at Provident Metals against any possibility of loss or damage en route.
The coin’s obverse side features the late Queen Elizabeth II in the famous Ian Rank-Broadley effigy that verifies its status as legal tender of the Cook Islands. It’s surrounded at the rim by the inscriptions “Elizabeth II,” “5 Dollars,” “Cook Islands” and “2023.”
A stylized engraving of Half Dome is featured on the reverse, showing the mountain’s unique profile and its distinctive sheer granite face. This is joined by the inscription “HALF DOME” and a pickaxe with the smaller inscription “2.893 m” to indicate the altitude of the peak.
One of America’s most iconic locales is Yosemite Valley in California, where a vast number of waterfalls, cliffs, and trails attract outdoor adventurers, hikers, and explorers in their thousands each year. One of the most iconic features of Yosemite country is Half Dome: a mighty peak nearly three thousand meters tall whose sheer granite face was thought for years to be unconquerable. Mountaineer George Anderson finally reached the summit in 1875 by improvising techniques that would go on to become standard modern technology for climbers, and his route up the mountain is still trafficked by fresh generations of thrill-seekers and nature enthusiasts to this day.
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|Mint Mark||Not Shown|
|Certificate of Authenticity||Yes|
|Metal Content||.01607 Troy Ounce|
|Shipping||Orders over $199 Ship Free|