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Coinwatch – Watches With Coins For Enthusiasts
by Prabir De
Collector coins are traditionally accepted as wealth generators and their value depends on its rarity. The Australian 1930 Penny Coins are a good example, these are currently valued up to US$30,000. The Australian Holey Dollar and Dump are worth over US$300,000.
Coins as Storytellers
Collector Coins are also story tellers, the Australian Kangaroo Penny or American Kennedy Eagle display and invoke a feeling of national pride. A particular subject of the coin design such as Queen Elizabeth II, Pope John Paul II, Sailing ships can display what that person treasures, it can invoke conversation with people or simply display what they hold dear.
Coins as Ornaments
Over centuries past, coins have also been used as ornaments and jewellery across many cultures – Chinese, Indian, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman. They showed their love of this type of adornment using it to decorate Gods and Goddesses in temples, to display personal wealth and good fortune or to signify commitment to the subject of the coin.
Displaying a Coin that tells a story, that tugs at the persons heart and passion for a particular subject is very powerful.
Coins as – Watches: Coinwatch
What better way to subtly display that passion is by wearing a watch that features a coin as the dial.
The Melbourne-based CoinwatchTM company started integrating coins into watches in 1984. The Australian Penny Kangaroo coin is the first known coin used commercially as coin face of a watch. People all around the world associate kangaroos with Australia, and for an Australian to wear this watch shows they are proud to be Australian, hence it was an instant success.
Now CoinwatchTM has sold to over 30 countries around the world. Most often depicting a coin of national or cultural importance to their own country or peoples. CoinwatchTM focus on quality watches using Swiss Made movements and quality components quality being the key focus. These watches are popular with people who normally would not consider wearing jewellery and may prefer to be more subtle.
Incorporating coins in watches is an art form where technology, currency, and craftsmanship merge to make unique collectable pieces. A unique silver or gold or historic coin as a wearable item is a timeless addition to any jewellery collection, making statement through everyday wear.
Unlike collector coins which in many cases are locked away in vaults, CoinwatchTM are out there on display being proudly worn and are perfect conversation starters.