GoldBugGirl, on 24 February 2011 - 03:24 PM, said:
Nice, but should the Spring section be solid black, if hope has returned? I'd like to see more shiny nickel there!
the stars and the snowflakes will be bright shiny nickel. The point of this coin is that sometimes people reach a stage in their lives where despair seems absolute and it feels like hope can never return. I was originally going to call this edition "Darkest Before Dawn". However, I have decided to name all of the 2-tone Dawning Hope coins after lunar Maria (seas). The first 2-tone was the "Sea of Tranquility" and this one will be the "Sea of Crises". The gold on copper will be the "Sea of Nectar".
I'll do my best to write a paragraph describing the coin and explaining the color scheme:
"I reached a point in my life where everything that gave me happiness had either been lost or taken from me. I sat down on the ground too tired to go on and just wished that the pain and sadness would end. Surrounding me was impenetrable night, since neither the sun nor the moon were to be found anywhere. All of the familiar beacons in my life that had given me purpose and reason were hidden. As I grew accustomed to the darkness and cold, I became aware that even though the familiar stars in the sky were blotted out, there were other stars, just tiny pinpoints of light, still shining. I had never noticed them before until this moment of darkness when at last I could see them. I was overwhelmed with how beautiful they were! I also became aware of a very small noise that I could not identify. It came from everywhere and sounded almost like a thousand tiny wings or perhaps many voices whispering a song. I realized that snow was falling and in the stillness I could hear the flakes settling on the ground. Although there was no moonlight, the tiny stars were bright enough to make the snow sparkle. In this frozen, dreary place I had somehow found an almost holy beauty. I was so caught up in the wonder of it all that I didn't notice the sky begin to glow until the sun suddenly rose up over the horizon."
Maybe "Darkest Before Dawn" really is a better name.