Gold Half Gram 2022 Ancient Greece - Octopus, Coin from Cook Islands - detailed information

Gold Half Gram 2022 Ancient Greece - Octopus, Coin from Cook Islands
CoinGold Half Gram 2022 Ancient Greece - Octopus

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.

This coin is part of the Ancient Greece series and features an Octopus, as it appeared on the coinage of Syracuse.

Ancient cities chose symbols for their coinage that represented the founding mythology, a pun on the city’s name, a characteristic feature of the economy or the city’s devotion to a particular deity.

Syracuse in Sicily was founded by Ancient Greek Corinthians and Teneans. It grew to a very powerful city-state, was allied with Sparta and Corinth and exerted influence over the entirety of coastal areas of Southern Italy. Described by Cicero as "the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all", it equalled Athens in size during the fifth century BC. The octopus as a feature is probably due to the city’s proximity to the sea, fishing or the brisk trading in its port.

MintCIT Coin Invest Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage15,000
Obverse
Cook Islands / Gold Half Gram 2022 Ancient Greece - Octopus - 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 5 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2022.

The lettering is in Ancient Greek style.

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

On a textured background, the obverse of the coin shows an octopus, as it appeared on the coinage of Syracuse.

There is no inscription.

Reverse Inscription (none)
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: silk-finish proof.
Packaging: in capsule, with a Certificate of Authenticity.
CIT Item ID: 29995

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

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Gold Half Gram 2022 Ancient Greece - Octopus: 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 Mintage15,000
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size11.0000 mm
Mass0.5000 g
OCC IDAPVZ-OYRC-QKNQ-ELMD
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