|Coin||Gold Ounce 2022 Titanic|
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 bullion sizes, including one ounce of gold - such as this coin.
The Mint says about this coin:
The Titanic. The tragic story of a cruise ship and an iceberg. It is hands down the most famous maritime disaster of all time. Countless documentaries and movies have been made about the story. Just 160 minutes after the momentous accident happened on April 14th, 1912 the vessel sank dragging more than 1,500 people to an icy grave.
This coin range is dedicated to the Titanic and its tragic story. While the reverse shows the coloured ship in full speed in ultra-high relief the obverse tells the tale. You can see the route across the Atlantic including the point where the tragedy happened. Furthermore, you have two different perspectives of the deck and cabin construction and the inner part of the Titanic. This might give you an idea why so many people were trapped inside the ship as it went down. Just a handful of artefacts from the Titanic have made it back to the water surface as the ship lies at a depth of 3,800 m at the bottom of the sea. One of them is an authentic coal lump which was recovered back in 2000. This would have been used to power its massive steam engines. A certified piece of it is integrated into these coins!
The series contains 5 different coins done in 3 metals.
The obverse of the coin shows two views of the Titanic - one from the side, and one from above; at the centre of the view from above, a small insert containing a piece of a coal lump recovered from the reck of the ship. In the background, a map of the North Atlantic, and the line of the interrupted voyage of the Titanic.
Above that, the Fourth Definitive Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, by Ian Rank-Broadley; the Queen is crowned, facing right. Below the portrait, the designer's initials IRB.
Around above, the monarch's legend and the face value: ELIZABETH II 250 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS; around below, the date 2022.
In microtext on the rim, facts about the Titanic.
The reverse of the coin is coloured and shows the Titanic amid floating ice.
Below, the inscription TITANIC.
Finish: proof, coloured, smartminting (Ultra High Relief), coal lump insert.
CIT Item ID: 29902