|Coin||Five Dollars Silver 2008 Everlasting Love|
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 $5 (Five Dollars) - like this coin - are not; their weight is more than a half ounce but less than one ounce, and is "metric".
This coin is part of a heart-shaped series issued (almost) annually with a new design every year.
The obverse of the coin shows the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait", by Ian Rank-Broadley). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.
The portrait is in its "uncouped" version which extends below the neck and shows the Queen's shoulders. The designer's initials are not shown.
Around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the face value: ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS.
The reverse design is coloured and shows a cupid on the left, wielding a bow and arrow. On the right, a blue rose and a red rose, to the right which the date of issue 2008.
On three lines below, the inscription my everlasting love.
||my everlasting love 2008
Finish: proof, coloured, special shape.
CIT Item ID: 23034
Coins in the Silver Hearts collection include:
- $5 Silver, Endless Love, (Northern Mariana Islands) 2005
- $10 Silver, Endless Love, (Liberia) 2006
- $5 Silver, Angel and Devil, (Palau) 2007
- $5 Silver, Everlasting Love, (Cook Islands) 2008
- $5 Silver, Missing You, (Palau) 2009
- 1/2 oz Silver ($2), My Heart Flies for You, (Palau) 2012
- 1000 Francs CFA, Heart of Love, (Cameroon) 2013
- $5 Silver, Happy Valentine's Day, (Cook Islands) 2014
- $5 Silver, Happy Valentine's Day, (Cook Islands) 2017
- $5 Silver, Happy Valentine's Day, (Cook Islands) 2019
- $5 Silver, Happy Valentine's Day, (Cook Islands) 2021
- $5 Silver, Brilliant Love, (Cook Islands) 2022