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Coins of Cook Islands

Updated on December 7, 2014

Orbiter Coin

Cook Island Orbiter Coin
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Cook Islands Coins

Cook Islands authorizes quite a few collectible coins, and has some of them produced by large, prestigious mints. Many of its coins are minted by the New Zealand Mint, others by the Perth Mint, and yet there are many more.

These coins are often cutting edge in coin design, utilizing a multitude of innovations. Some are three dimensional, some have inserts that can be removed from a nesting place and inserted into a base that consists of the rest of the coin. The Orbiter coins have an outer ring that can be rotated about a central disk. Swarovski crystals have been used. And one technique unique to Cook Islands coinage is the insertion of a window!


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WINDOWS OF HEAVEN an Exciting Series

Cook Islands is launching an exciting new series of silver coins called Windows of Heaven. This is a series of fine silver coins in proof condition. The first coin is titled Cologne, and features the famous German Cologne Cathedral, a Roman Catholic Cathedral. The focal point of the coin is the reproduction in miniature of the spectacular stained glass window. This is the first of a series that will show the beauty of stained glass cathedral windows.

Space Orbital Silver Proof Series

The Space Orbital Silver Proof coins were minted by the Perth Mint in fine silver. The 2010 coin finishes the series. The series includes the Sputnik, the First Man in Space, the First Spacewalk, and the First Walk on the Moon as earlier coins in the series. This coin has an outer ring that can be rotated about a central disk.

Photo Gallery Space Coins

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Shroud of Turin

If you are looking for a nice gold piece, consider the Shroud of Turin. This is a gold, rectangular coin with embedded gemstones. The coin is small, having just four grams of 0.9999 gold. The hidden image of the Shroud of Turin is revealed in ultraviolet light, another fantastic innovation in coinage for a Cook Islands coin.

Flowers of the World Series

The Flowers of the World Series use Cloisonne, a method of subdividing by separate walls. The 2009 Poppy silver proof coin shows a beautiful, proof fine silver coin with a red poppy having its petals separated by walls.

Unique Designs

Cook Island coins of unique designs, often accompanying religious figures, are usually encrusted with gemstones. These coins have shapes that are influenced by their subjects. These rarely appear in the United States of America.

Photo Gallery GREAT NAVAL BATTLES

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GILDED SET - Five coins!

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      Bartukas 4 years ago

      Beautifully made lens

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      myspace9 4 years ago

      Unique lens.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Cool coins, thanks for sharing :)

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      srsddn lm 4 years ago

      Quite lovely coins

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      gregs411 5 years ago

      I have never seen coins from the Cook Islands before. Very nice. Thanks!

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      Tara Wojtaszek 5 years ago

      I love looking at coins from different countries. I haven't seen any of the Cook Islands coins in person yet but hope to some day.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Popped by again, thought I would let you know. Hope it's a good day for you. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A beautiful display of the Cook Islands in coin and scenic images!

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      nickupton lm 5 years ago

      I have some great Cook Islands coins - a triangular coin that was in circulation when I went there in 1995 - and a coin which features Queen Elizabeth II on one side and a fertility God on the other!!!!

      I also ended up with a rare 3 dollar note.

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      Lovely coins and fantastic photos as well!

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Gorgeous, all of it, the coins and the photos. Thanks for sharing and educating us.

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      goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

      just beautiful. a feast for the eyes.

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      MarleyK LM 6 years ago

      Beautiful coins and photos!

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      These are great coins. I wanted to visit Raratonga on my way to NZ years ago but didn't make it. Now I would like to visit Mangaia, since I found that my grandfather was shipwrecked there.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      The coins are really beautiful. Very informative.

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      GamingLaptopsGu 6 years ago

      Honestly, Aitutaki Lagoon is beautiful place.

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      WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Cool. This is the first quiz I ever aced on Squidoo. I'm quite interesting in traveling to the Cook Islands one day and appreciate your info on their coins! My hubby and I collect coins from different countries we visit and have a few from different islands in the Pacific. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I would say that you "Coined" quite an interesting Lens here!!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very interesting Lens, I don't collect coins, but these look very attractive!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA+++++++++++++++. Nice Squid Lens. Chris

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      All pretty new to me - nice work.

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      howtocurecancer 6 years ago

      I like the coin collections.

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      jvsper63 6 years ago

      Very interesting lens. Nice collection!!

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      photofk3 6 years ago

      Thank you very much for sharing this great collection.

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      Barbara Isbill 6 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      This stuff is interesting!