Platinum Ounce 2023 Real Heroes - Coast Guard, Coin from Cook Islands - detailed information

Platinum Ounce 2023 Real Heroes - Coast Guard, Coin from Cook Islands
CoinPlatinum Ounce 2023 Real Heroes - Coast Guard

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 platinum - such as this coin.

The Coast Guard design is the fourth in the Real Heroes coin series by CIT Coin Invest.

The mint says about it:
As part of the immensely popular "Real Heroes" series, its fourth issue pays tribute to rescue swimmers all over the world, especially those serving in the United States Coast Guard. As one of the six military services, its members have fulfilled their unique duty as both a security and humanitarian force protecting America in domestic and international waters for over 100 years.

While it is involved in all aspects of enforcing U.S. law and trade on high seas, the United States Coast Guard is best known for its daring search and rescue operations including medical evacuations, downed aviators, sinking vessels, floods and hurricanes. To this day, these real heroes save countless lives in need, true to their motto "So others may live".

MintCIT Coin Invest Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage 199
Obverse
Cook Islands / Platinum Ounce 2023 Real Heroes - Coast Guard - 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 250 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2023.

The effigy and legend are in a small circle in the lower part of the design. The upper part shows a diver suspended from a helicopter, extending his hand to a person below whose hand is the only part visible because of the waves; in the background, a sinking ship.

Below, the inscription ONLY THE BRAVE ARE FREE.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II 250 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2023
Reverse
Cook Islands / Platinum Ounce 2023 Real Heroes - Coast Guard - reverse photo

The reverse design is coloured and shows a serviceman wearing a helmet with the COAST GUARD RESCUE emblem and goggles, the lower part of his face submerged in water. On his snorkel, the serial number 9K496.

The background has a honeycomb pattern; in one of the hexagons on the left, the REAL HERO logo of the series.

In the rim around left, in tiny letters the motto SO OTHERS MAY LIVE.

Reverse Inscription SO OTHERS MAY LIVE
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: proof, coloured, smartminting (Ultra High Relief).
Packaging: in presentation box, with a Certificate of Authenticity.
CIT Item ID: 30311

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 Real Heroes series include:
- 1 oz Platinum, Fighter Pilot, 2020
- 5 oz Gold (Black Proof), Fighter Pilot, 2020
- 1 oz Gold, Fighter Pilot, 2020
- 3 oz Silver, Fighter Pilot, 2020
- 1 oz Platinum, Firefighter, 2021
- 5 oz Gold (Black Proof), Firefighter, 2021
- 1 oz Gold, Firefighter, 2021
- 1 kg Silver, Firefighter, 2021
- 3 oz Silver, Firefighter, 2021
- 1 oz Platinum, Special Forces, 2022
- 5 oz Gold (Black Proof), Special Forces, 2022
- 1 oz Gold, Special Forces, 2022
- 1 kg Silver, Special Forces, 2022
- 3 oz Silver, Special Forces, 2022
- 1 oz Platinum, Coast Guard, 2023
- 5 oz Gold (Black Proof), Coast Guard, 2023
- 1 oz Gold, Coast Guard, 2023
- 1 kg Silver, Coast Guard, 2023
- 3 oz Silver, Coast Guard, 2023

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Platinum Ounce 2023 Real Heroes - Coast Guard: Details
CountryCook Islands
CurrencyCook Islands Dollar
Coin TypePlatinum Ounce (1 oz)
Issued2023
MonarchKing Charles III
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value250 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage199
CurrentYes
Material0.9995 Platinum
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size33.0000 mm
Mass31.1000 g
OCC IDBVYX-EWRC-BPKL-OJZN
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