May 292012

Gold coin celebrates a lifetime of achievement

Edmund Hillary joined Sir John Hunt’s 1953 British Everest Expedition to take on the ultimate mountaineering challenge. All previous attempts to ascend Mount Everest’s 29,035 feet had by all knowledge failed, leaving the group unsure if it was humanly possible to reach the top.

Hillary, accompanied by Sherpa Tenzing, successfully scaled the world’s highest mountain on 29 May. Although claiming “we got there together”, Hillary revealed in 1986 that he was actually the first by a matter of some feet.

The two men hugged each other with relief and joy, but only stayed on the summit for 15 minutes because they were low on oxygen.

Tuning in to the BBC for a description of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, people all over the world heard the news of Hillary and Tenzing’s astonishing achievement.

Issued in 2008, this 1/4oz pure gold coin celebrates the life of Sir Edmund Hillary K.G., O.N.Z., K.B.E., the first man to reach the summit of Mount Everest and arguably New Zealand’s most famous son.


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