Coins of Cook Islands
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.
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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.
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.