Copper Fifty Grams 2021 Terracotta Warriors, Coin from Cook Islands - detailed information

Copper Fifty Grams 2021 Terracotta Warriors, Coin from Cook Islands
CoinCopper Fifty Grams 2021 Terracotta Warriors

The Cook Islands, a sovereign state in free association with New Zealand, uses two official legal tender currencies. The New Zealand Dollar circulates in parallel with the local Cook Islands Dollar; at the same time, the government also authorises many legal tender coins in the Cook Islands Dollar currency for collector's purposes.

Collector coins are dedicated to historical or general popular culture themes not related to the country itself. Many of them are in standard bullion sizes, but there are also non-standard formats such as the massive fifty grams of copper size used by some mints.

The Mint says about this coin:
The Terracotta Army is regarded as one of the greatest discoveries of the 20th century! Discovered in 1974 by farmers digging a well, this enormous group of 8,000 sculptures amazed the world. The excavation uncovered soldiers, horses, and carriages. This incredible army was constructed to accompany the tomb of China's First Emperor - Qin Shihuang (259 - 210BC) as an afterlife guard.

The most impressive feature are rows and rows of thousands of individually detailed soldiers. These soldiers were given unique features that are said to represent some of the actual soldiers of the day. Some of the soldiers are burly in size while others are given stern looks to their faces. Still others are given distinctive armour, hairstyles, and decorative clothing which represent different ranks of the soldiers. The soldiers were moulded in parts, fired in a kiln like pottery, and then assembled and painted. The army laid underground for more than 2,000 years until its discovery and is now considered one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world. The find was praised as the Eighth Wonder of the World and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.

The possibilities of the enhanced smartminting enables us to utilise our ultra-high relief technology to bring these soldiers back to life! These stunning proofs show three impressive soldiers on the reverse. Each soldier displays a unique characteristic and the layering of high relief gives them the depth you would experience if you were standing right next to them! The obverse design shows a carriage that serves as one of the vehicles used for the inspection tour of the emperor in his afterlife. CIT has struck four different specifications dedicated to this amazing part of history.

MintCIT Coin Invest Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage5,000
Cook Islands / Copper Fifty Grams 2021 Terracotta Warriors - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin shows a scene from Ancient China, with a soldier driving a four-horse chariot. In a cartouche on the left, the inscription 兵馬俑 (Terracotta Army in Traditional Chinese).

Above that, a rectangular frame decorated around like a picture; in it, the Fourth Definitive Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, by Ian Rank-Broadley; the Queen is crowned, facing right. Below the portrait, the designer's initials IRB.

Around the Queen's portrait, the monarch's legend and the face value: ELIZABETH II 1 DOLLAR COOK ISLANDS; around below, the date 2021.

Cook Islands / Copper Fifty Grams 2021 Terracotta Warriors - reverse photo

The reverse design shows, in Ultra High Relief, the figures of three Ancient Chinese soldiers from the Terracotta Army.

Above, the inscription TERRACOTTA WARRIORS.

EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone

Finish: proof-like, smartminting (Ultra High Relief).
CIT Item ID: 29458

See also

Coins in the Terracotta Warriors series issued in 2021:
- 0.5 g Gold, Terracotta Warriors
- 3 oz Silver (with gold plating), Terracotta Warriors
- 1 oz Silver, Terracotta Warriors
- 50 g Copper, Terracotta Warriors

Royal Mint
Royal Mint
Copper Fifty Grams 2021 Terracotta Warriors: Details
CountryCook Islands
CurrencyCook Islands Dollar
Coin TypeCopper Fifty Grams
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value1 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage5,000
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.610 mm
Mass50.000 g
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