Gold Five Ounces 2022 Real Heroes - Special Forces, Coin from Cook Islands - detailed information

Gold Five Ounces 2022 Real Heroes - Special Forces, Coin from Cook Islands
CoinGold Five Ounces 2022 Real Heroes - Special Forces

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 sizes based on the troy ounce, including the very large five ounces of gold format - such as this coin.

The Special Forces design is the third in the Real Heroes coin series by CIT Coin Invest.

The Mint says about it:
On this incredible coin, we honour those that serve in the military special forces units. These heroes are the best of the best and are routinely called upon to carry out the most difficult and dangerous missions. Many of their missions are done in secrecy and great care is taken to protect these heroes and their identity. Which is exactly the feeling you get when you look at this coin.

The ultra-high relief of the designs extends all the way to the edges and sets against a background of a honeycomb pattern and the Real Heroes logo. Just beside on the rim you can find the traditional motto of the special forces "de oppresso liber" in micro minting. The 5 oz Gold is done in Black Proof with the goggles left in the original gold finish to allow for an impressive contrast to the Black Proof surface.

The obverse shows special forces being dropped in under the cover of night with the primal understanding that "Only the Brave are free".

MintCIT Coin Invest Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage29
Cook Islands / Gold Five Ounces 2022 Real Heroes - Special Forces - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin shows the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). 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.

In small letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend, the date of issue and the value: ELIZABETH II 500 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2022.

The effigy and legend are in a small circle in the lower part of the design. The upper part shows a helicopter from which two special forces soldiers are rappelling down; in the background, two more helicopters. In the foreground, the silhouettes of two more soldiers (which are not black but show the original gold underneath).

Below, the inscription ONLY THE BRAVE ARE FREE.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II 500 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2022
Cook Islands / Gold Five Ounces 2022 Real Heroes - Special Forces - reverse photo

The reverse design is black (except the soldier's googles and headlight) and shows a special forces soldier wearing a helmet and goggles, the lower part of his face masked.

The background has a honeycomb pattern; in one of the hexagons on the left, the REAL HERO logo of the series.

In the rim around left, in tiny letters DE OPRESSO LIBER, the motto of the United States Army Special Forces; it translates roughly as "from (being) an oppressed man, (to being) a free one".

Reverse Inscription DE OPRESSO LIBER
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone

Finish: black proof, smartminting (Ultra High Relief).
Packaging: in presentation box, with a Certificate of Authenticity.
CIT Item ID: 29968

It seems that the coin was produced (organised) by CIT but struck by B.H. Mayer whose name is also on the certificate.

See also

Coins in the Real Heroes series include:
- 1 oz Platinum, Special Forces, 2022
- 5 oz Gold (Black Proof), Special Forces, 2022
- 1 oz Gold, Special Forces, 2022
- 1 kg Silver, Special Forces, 2022
- 3 oz Silver, Special Forces, 2022

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Gold Five Ounces 2022 Real Heroes - Special Forces: Details
CountryCook Islands
CurrencyCook Islands Dollar
Coin TypeGold Five Ounces (5 oz)
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value500 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage29
Material0.9999 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size50.000 mm
Mass155.500 g
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Special Forces - Gold Black Proof Edition
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