Fifty Dollars Silver 1991 Deer, Coin from Cook Islands - detailed information

Fifty Dollars Silver 1991 Deer, Coin from Cook Islands
CoinFifty Dollars Silver 1991 Deer

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 the silver Fifty Dollars - such as this coin - are not; their weight is more than a half ounce but less than one ounce, and also less than that of a British Crown, even though the diameter is the same as the latter (hence, the coins are thinner).

This coin was issued as part of a Royal Mint twelve-coin set featuring Endangered Wildlife, and is dedicated to the Deer.

Deer or true deer are hoofed ruminant mammals forming the family Cervidae. The two main groups of deer are the Cervinae, including the muntjac, the elk (wapiti), the red deer, the fallow deer, and the chital; and the Capreolinae, including the reindeer (caribou), the roe deer, the mule deer, and the moose. Female reindeer, and male deer of all species except the Chinese water deer, grow and shed new antlers each year. In this they differ from permanently horned antelope, which are part of a different family (Bovidae) within the same order of even-toed ungulates (Artiodactyla).

The musk deer (Moschidae) of Asia and chevrotains (Tragulidae) of tropical African and Asian forests are separate families that are also in the ruminant clade Ruminantia; they are not especially closely related to Cervidae.

Deer appear in art from Paleolithic cave paintings onwards, and they have played a role in mythology, religion, and literature throughout history, as well as in heraldry. Their economic importance includes the use of their meat as venison, their skins as soft, strong buckskin, and their antlers as handles for knives. Deer hunting has been a popular activity since at least the Middle Ages and remains a resource for many families today.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage25,000
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Obverse
Cook Islands / Fifty Dollars Silver 1991 Deer - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin shows the crowned bust of Queen Elizabeth II, facing right (her effigy known as the "Third Portrait"). The Queen is wearing the royal diadem which she wears on her way to and from the State Opening of Parliament, a pearl necklace and earrings.

Incuse in tiny letters on the neck truncation, the designer's initials RDM (for Raphael David Maklouf).

Around, the monarch's legend and the date of issue: ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 1991.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 1991
Reverse
Cook Islands / Fifty Dollars Silver 1991 Deer - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows a mother deer and her fawn, in their natural habitat.

Around above left and right, the name of the series: ENDANGERED WILDLIFE.

Around below, the face value and denomination 50 DOLLARS.

Reverse Inscription ENDANGERED WILDLIFE 50 DOLLARS
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: proof.

Note that the Royal Mint announced mintage of 25,000 for each coin in the set but only 1,000 sets. At the same time, it does not appear that the coins were issued separately. It is probable that the 1,000 number applies only to sets that contain a Certificate of Authenticity.

Included in Set
Endangered Wildlife Silver Proof Coin Collection 1991, mintage 1,000
12 coins: Alpine Ibex, Deer, Eagle Owl, Eastern Cougar, European Otter, Hummingbird, Jackass Penguin, Kangaroo, Lion, Peregrine Falcon, Dolphin, Persian Fallow Deer
All (18) coins of type: Silver Twenty Grams (20 g)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Fifty Dollars Silver 1991 Alpine Ibex 25,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 1991
Fifty Dollars Silver 1991 Deer 25,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 1991
Fifty Dollars Silver 1991 Dolphin 25,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 1991
Fifty Dollars Silver 1991 Eagle Owl 25,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 1991
Fifty Dollars Silver 1991 Eastern Cougar 25,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 1991
Fifty Dollars Silver 1991 European Otter 25,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 1991
Fifty Dollars Silver 1991 Hummingbird 25,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 1991
Fifty Dollars Silver 1991 Jackass Penguin 25,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 1991
Fifty Dollars Silver 1991 Kangaroo 25,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 1991
Fifty Dollars Silver 1991 Lion 25,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 1991
Fifty Dollars Silver 1991 Peregrine Falcon 25,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 1991
Fifty Dollars Silver 1991 Persian Fallow Deer 25,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 1991
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Fifty Dollars Silver 1991 Deer: Details
CountryCook Islands
CurrencyCook Islands Dollar
Coin TypeFifty Dollars, Silver (19.2 g)
Issued1991
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
Face Value50 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage25,000
CurrentYes
Material0.925 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.6100 mm
Mass19.2000 g
OCC IDANMQ-OPYC-WWRZ-EJYG
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Fifty Dollars Silver 1991 Deer: Photos
ImageDetails
Fifty Dollars Silver 1991 Deer: Photo Deer And Fawn on Reverse of 1991 Cook Islands Silver Proof 50 Dollars / thumbnail Deer And Fawn on Reverse of 1991 Cook Islands Silver Proof 50 Dollars
Copyright: Chards
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Fifty Dollars Silver 1991 Deer: Photo Obverse of 1991 Cook Islands Silver Proof 50 Dollars / thumbnail Obverse of 1991 Cook Islands Silver Proof 50 Dollars
Copyright: Chards
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Fifty Dollars Silver 1991 Deer: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsCook Islands KM# 123