Lonely Planet Writer

World's first spherical coin featuring the 7 wonders of the world on display in Warsaw

The world’s first spherical coin has a very special appeal to travellers with its ground-breaking intricate design of the seven wonders of the world. It’s currently on display in Warsaw as part of the Mint of Poland Exhibition.

A close-up of the intricate detail on the coin.
A close-up of the intricate detail on the coin. Image by Gallo Images

The coin is a traveller’s dream souvenir, decorated with the seven new wonders of the world;  the Great Wall of China, Petra, the statue of Christ the Redeemer, Machu Picchu, the Colosseum, the Taj Mahal and Chichén Itzá.

The intricate design on the round coin is made possible by the advancements of laser technology, allowing precise 3D laser engraving.

The coin comes in a commemorative box with all the wonders of the world.
The coin comes in a commemorative box with all the wonders of the world. Image by Gallo Images

The 33mm coin was made for Niue, an island country in the Pacific. As well as the wonders, it’s decorated with Swarovski crystals placed on the map of the world. It’s accepted as legal tender in New Zealand to the value of $7 but is currently on sale on eBay for US$1599.

The price may seem steep, but it’s nothing compared to the most expensive coin in the world. A specimen of America’s Flowing Hair dollar sold in 2013 for over US$10 million. Despite its aesthetic qualities, it’s unlikely this coin will ever go to such huge value. When it was minted in 2015, some coin aficionados likened it to Star Wars’ Death Star.