Gold Half Gram 2022 Matterhorn, Coin from Cook Islands - detailed information

Gold Half Gram 2022 Matterhorn, Coin from Cook Islands
CoinGold Half Gram 2022 Matterhorn

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. Many of them are in standard sizes, including the half gram (0.5 g) of gold mini-coin format - such as this coin.

The Mint says about this coin:
The Matterhorn is certainly one of the most famous mountains in the world. With its nearly perfect symmetrical pyramidal peak, it defines what many consider a true mountain. It is both awe-inspiring and intimidating to even the most skilled mountaineers and has taken the lives of well over 500 climbers making it also one of the deadliest mountains to climb. It extends 4,478m above sea level and is one of the highest summits in the Alps and Europe. It wasn’t conquered until 1865 when Edward Whymper and 6 other men beat out an Italian group of climbers to reach the summit. Whymper noted down: “At 1.40 p.m. the world was at our feet, and the Matterhorn was conquered. Hurrah! Not a footstep could be seen.” Precisely at this moment the Italian team was approximately 400 meters below, still dealing with the most difficult parts of the Italian ridge. When seeing their rivals on the summit they gave up on their attempt and went back home. 4 of the 6 Whymper’s team members lost their lives on the descent. All but one (whose body was never found) are buried in the Zermatt churchyard.

This coin and the 2 oz silver version (to which it is a "companion" edition), are struck to capture the majesty and awe that the Matterhorn gives.

MintCIT Coin Invest Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage5,000
Obverse
Cook Islands / Gold Half Gram 2022 Matterhorn - 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 tiny 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 5 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2022.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II 5 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2022
Reverse
Cook Islands / Gold Half Gram 2022 Matterhorn - reverse photo

The reverse design depicts the Matterhorn mountain peak in the Alps.

On a ribbon diagonally below right, the inscription MATTERHORN.

Above left, an ice axe and the height of the peak, 4.478 m.

Reverse Inscription MATTERHORN 4.478 m
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: proof.
CIT Item ID: 29785

See also

There is a silver two-ounce coin with the same design.

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Gold Half Gram 2022 Matterhorn: Details
CountryCook Islands
CurrencyCook Islands Dollar
Coin TypeGold Half Gram (0.5 g)
Issued2022
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value5 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage5,000
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size11.000 mm
Mass0.500 g
OCC IDGAVP-OXAC-PKRD-EMDY
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