Mint of Gdansk
Lacquer, high relief
Łukasz Rosanowski (author), Beata Kulesza-Damaziak (designer)
Description of obverse and reverse
The obverse of the coin contain the information about the coin, but what is the most important is that it also shows the actual image of the devastated city after the earthquake. We can see destroyed buildings surrounded by stones and dust. It gives us a wider perspective of how destructive the cataclysm is. It is shown in horizontal structure, we can see the city of a perspective of actual participant of it. In the first place there is Fiji’s emblem presented.
The reverse of the coins present the surface of the Earth after the earthquake cataclysm; the Earth presented on the coin is displaced and looks tragically. Deep fracture makes the reverse look thrilling. The colour of the coin imitates the actual colour of burned ground covered by sand. Its pattern is diverse and patched to make the coin look as real. The details are visible because of the rugged lacquer and various heights. On the upper part of the coin there is presented the name of the coin and its series. It is the first coin in the series ‘Cataclysms’.
A brief annotation
The main idea of the coin is to unite all those people who were touched by the earthquake cataclysm. It symbolizes the tragedy and the emptiness it caused – that is why the coin is not overloaded with patterns, but it’s full of details that concern our interest.
The obverse shows the effect of the cataclysm which reminds us of the power of the nature and the fact that people have never been and never will be able to conquer it and rule it.
The coin is not usual because of the interaction among people it awakes. The profit of each coin is donated to those people who were actually touched by an earthquake – 1% of the price of one coin is given to the chosen charity organization.