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

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

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:
Following the successful launch of the silver editions in 2020/21 now we release the complementary gold versions of the Athenian Owl and the Tortoise. The Athenian Owl tetradrachm, renamed after the Greek goddess of wisdom, is arguably the most popular and recognised ancient coin. The owl was associated with Athena very early on in archaic artworks and often depicted perching on her hand. Because of its strong connection with the goddess, the owl evolved into the Athenians’ own icon and graced a large variety of coins such as the tetradrachm from as early as the 5th century BC. The turtle was used during ancient Greek times as a monetary symbol and was struck on coins that were first made on the island of Aegina in the south of Greece.

Today, the original ancient turtle coins are highly prized and extremely valuable. Both half gram coins are struck in silk finish with incredible details and pay tribute to the ancient coins of the past.

MintCIT Coin Invest Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage5,000
Obverse
Cook Islands / Gold Half Gram 2022 Tortoise - 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 Tortoise - reverse photo

The obverse of the coin show, a walking tortoise as seen from above.

On the left and right, the letters CI (for Coin Invest?).

Reverse Inscription CI
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: silk-finish proof.
CIT Item ID: 30014

See also

Coins in the Numismatic Icons series include:
- 1 oz Gold Antique, Pegasos 2022
- 05. g Gold Proof, Tortoise 2022
- 05. g Gold Proof, Athena’s Owl 2022
- 05. g Gold Proof, Pegasos 2022
- 1 oz Silver Antique, Tortoise 2020
- 1 oz Silver Antique, Athena’s Owl 2021
- 1 oz Silver Antique, Pegasos 2022

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Gold Half Gram 2022 Tortoise: 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)
Size12.000 mm
Mass0.500 g
OCC IDQRAP-EBNC-XQRM-EYJD
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