2011 Rugby World Cup Champions Silver Proof Coin Set
The 2011 Rugby World Cup Champions silver proof coin set has been released by New Zealand Post. The Champions silver coin set houses four exclusive coins from each of the past winning nations plus the Webb Ellis Cup coin. The stunning set is unique and only 2011 have been produced.
Salient points about the Rugby World Champions set:
Contains a coins from each of the past winning nations (New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and England)
All four nation coins are exclusive to this set
The coveted Webb Ellis Cup is featured as the fifth coin of the collection
Official licensed product of the 2011 Rugby World Cup
Includes individually numbered booklets with commentary by acclaimed sports commentator, Keith Quinn
Presented in a beautifully crafted wooden case.
Champions Set featured coins:
RWC 2011 Webb Ellis Cup Coin
The Rugby World Cup 2011 Webb Ellis Cup Coin features the Webb Ellis Cup in 24-carat gold gilding. This 1oz pure silver proof coin is intricately detailed, Government issued and New Zealand legal tender.
The New Zealand Coin - exclusive to this set
The first-ever Rugby World Cup Tournament was hosted by New Zealand and Australia in 1987. The All Blacks faced a passionate French side in the Final at Eden Park and emerged victorious. The New Zealand silver proof coin has been struck from pure silver and shows an All Black in the 1987 uniform, fending off an opponent. The backdrop is a stylistic interpretation of the hammerhead shark (Mangopare) and the fern shoot (Koru) - the unique branding of RWC 2011.
The Australia Coin - exclusive to this set
The Wallabies" first victory came in 1991 in London, where they defeated the English in a close but low-scoring game. Their second triumph was in 1999 in Cardiff, Wales, against France. The pure silver Australia coin is legal tender in Australia and has been struck to proof quality. The prominent player is shown in the official 1991 Australian kit during a line-out. The coin also bears RWC's stylised Webb Ellis Cup design in the background.
The South Africa Coin - exclusive to this set
South Africa entered and hosted the Tournament for the first time in 1995. Upon reaching the Final in Johannesburg, they faced the All Blacks and scored the winning drop goal in the last two minutes of extra time. Their second victory came in 2007 against France in Paris. The South African coin is 2 Rand and legal tender. Struck in proof quality fine silver, this coin pictures a player in South Africa's 2007 kit running with the Rugby ball against a background of RWC's stylised rugby ball image.
The England Coin - exclusive to this set
In 2003 the Rugby World Cup Tournament returned to Australia and was revamped to include 20 teams and 48 matches. England and Australia were thrilled to meet at the Final in Sydney, where England obtained their first-ever Rugby World Cup Championship title during the last moments of extra time.The £5 coin has been struck from fine silver by the Royal Mint. This proof-quality coin is exclusive to this set, and captures an English player in the 2003 uniform performing a drop-kick. The background includes the stylised rugby ball fishbone graphic from the infamous Rugby World Cup Event Mark.