Driven by the adoption of new technologies and processes from the late 18th century, the Industrial Revolution had dramatic effects on economics, politics and culture, shaping the world in which we now live. To do its far-reaching consequences sufficient justice, the design approach to this remarkable tribute set is similarly revolutionary!
Antiqued 99.99% Pure Silver
Each coin in the set is struck from 1oz of 99.99% pure silver. The surfaces of the coins have been ‘antiqued’, a special treatment intended to give them the appearance of historical artefacts.
‘Steam’ & ‘Electricity’ Reverse Designs
The coins’ designs focus on the impact of steam during the first phase of the Industrial Revolution, and electricity from about 1870 onwards. Both coins are shaped like gearwheels with 12 cogs on the rims. Although not new at the time of the Industrial Revolution, gearwheels are emblematic of mechanisation which developed with increasing speed throughout the era.
Imagery on the ‘steam’ coin portrays an early steam locomotive; chimneys of mills which used steam power for driving large-scale machinery; and a pioneering steamship. Incorporated in the design is a large flywheel and other components symbolising elements of Boulton and Watt’s ground-breaking steam engine.
The ‘electricity’ coin includes a representation of Thomas Edison’s incandescent lightbulb and the inventor himself at Pearl Street Station. It also incorporates a representation of spectacular electrical discharges from a Tesla coil, a system invented in 1891 that produced extremely high voltages used by Tesla in experiments aimed at achieving wireless transmission of energy.
Tuvalu Legal Tender
Issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Tuvalu, both coins depict the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II the obverse.
Extremely Limited Mintage
The Perth Mint will release no more than 1,000 of these extraordinary Two-Coin Sets, each accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Innovate Presentation Packaging
The coins are presented in a unique case with a circular rack-and-pinion style tray which allows them to be rotated in a highly innovative, active display.