Gold Half Gram 2023 Big City Lights - Sydney, Coin from Cook Islands - detailed information

Gold Half Gram 2023 Big City Lights - Sydney, Coin from Cook Islands
CoinGold Half Gram 2023 Big City Lights - Sydney

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:
With the second edition of our successful Big City Lights series, we honour the Australian metropolis Sydney. Over 5 million Sydneysiders, as the city's residents are referred to, spend their days and nights in Australia's largest city. Besides the incredible coastline and iconic Bondi Beach, a world-famous landmark earns a special spot on our coin - the Sydney Opera House. The architectural marvel, with its design famously reminiscent of ship’s sails in the harbour, was inaugurated by Queen Elizabeth II 50 years ago in 1973. Not to be overlooked is the sheer size of the opera house. At 185 metres long and 120 metres wide, it has roof sections weighing up to 15 tonnes and more than a million tiles on its dazzling roof.

MintCIT Coin Invest Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage 5,000
Obverse
Cook Islands / Gold Half Gram 2023 Big City Lights - Sydney - 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 and the face value: ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS
Reverse
Cook Islands / Gold Half Gram 2023 Big City Lights - Sydney - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows a view towards the Sydney CBD (Central Business District), with the Opera House in the foreground and the rising sun's rays behind.

Above, the inscription G'day from; in the exergue, SYDNEY, below which the date of issue 2023.

Reverse Inscription G'day from SYDNEY 2023
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: proof.
CIT Item ID: 30280.

The coin has the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse, even though it was issued during the reign of King Charles III.

See also

Coins in the Big City Lights series include:
- 0.5 g Gold, New York, 2022
- 1 oz Silver Coloured, New York, 2022
- 0.5 g Gold, Sydney, 2023
- 1 oz Silver Coloured, Sydney, 2023

All (37) coins of type: Gold Half Gram (0.5 g)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Gold Half Gram 2016 William Shakespeare 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II 5 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2016
Gold Half Gram (2019) Golden Dummy 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS
Gold Half Gram (2019) Golden Snowflake 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS
Gold Half Gram 2020 Harry Potter 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS 2020
Gold Half Gram 2020 Harry Potter - Albus Dumbledore 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS 2020
Gold Half Gram 2020 Harry Potter - Lord Voldemort 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS 2020
Gold Half Gram 2020 Harry Potter - Bellatrix Lestrange 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS 2020
Gold Half Gram 2020 Harry Potter - Hogwarts Express 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS 2020
Gold Half Gram 2020 Harry Potter - Flying Car 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS 2020
Gold Half Gram 2020 Harry Potter - Sorting Hat 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS 2020
Gold Half Gram 2020 Harry Potter - Dobby 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS 2020
Gold Half Gram 2020 Harry Potter - Hedwig 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS 2020
Gold Half Gram 2020 Harry Potter - Nimbus 2000 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS 2020
Gold Half Gram 2020 Harry Potter - Fawkes 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS 2020
Gold Half Gram 2020 Harry Potter - Hippogriff 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS 2020
Gold Half Gram 2021 Terracotta Warriors 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II 5 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2021
Gold Half Gram 2022 In Memoriam Queen Elizabeth II 25,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS
Gold Half Gram 2022 Numismatic Icons - Tortoise 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II 5 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2022
Gold Half Gram 2022 Numismatic Icons - Athena’s Owl 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II 5 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2022
Gold Half Gram 2022 Numismatic Icons - Pegasos 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II 5 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2022
Gold Half Gram 2022 Ancient Greece - Philip II of Macedon 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II 5 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2022
Gold Half Gram 2022 Ancient Greece - Alexander the Great 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II 5 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2022
Gold Half Gram 2022 Ancient Greece - Ptolemaios I 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II 5 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2022
Gold Half Gram 2022 Ancient Greece - Dolphins and Tuna 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II 5 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2022
Gold Half Gram 2022 Ancient Greece - Octopus 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II 5 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2022
Gold Half Gram 2022 Ancient Greece - Crab 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II 5 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2022
Gold Half Gram 2022 Big City Lights - New York 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS
Gold Half Gram 2022 Titanic 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II 5 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2022
Gold Half Gram 2022 Legacy of the Pharaohs 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II 5 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2022
Gold Half Gram 2022 Mountain Peaks - Matterhorn 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II 5 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2022
Gold Half Gram 2022 Iron Maiden - Senjutsu 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS
Gold Half Gram 2022 Walking Liberty 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS
Gold Half Gram 2023 Numismatic Icons - Arethusa 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II 5 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2023
Gold Half Gram 2023 Sparta 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II 5 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2023
Gold Half Gram 2023 Big City Lights - Sydney 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS
Gold Half Gram 2023 Mountain Peaks - Half Dome 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II 5 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2023
Gold Half Gram 2023 Iron Maiden - Piece of Mind 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS
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Gold Half Gram 2023 Big City Lights - Sydney: Details
CountryCook Islands
CurrencyCook Islands Dollar
Coin TypeGold Half Gram (0.5 g)
Issued2023
MonarchKing Charles III
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)
Size11.0000 mm
Mass0.5000 g
OCC IDRWKZ-OJNC-VPAP-OXGL
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