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.
Collector coins are dedicated to historical or general popular culture themes not related to the country itself. Many of them are in standard bullion sizes, including the large five ounces of silver format - such as this coin.
This coin is part of The 7 Summits collection. The seven summits are the highest mountains on each of the seven continents and enthralling subjects of one of CIT Coin Invest’s series, which displays the peaks in topographic detail from an unusual bird’s eye perspective in solid 5 ounces of fine silver. The coins are in Ultra high Relief (UHR).
The Mint says about the coin:
Welcome to Africa! The fourth and next stop on our journey to the 7 Summits takes us to Tanzania to one of the best-known mountains in the world. Not only is it an amazing natural spectacle with its 5,895 m, the Kilimanjaro is also considered to be the highest freestanding solid rock on earth! It is an eye-catching statement in Africa’s landscape. Imagine the panoramic view those two pioneers had in 1889 as they conquered the top of this mountain in the midst of the wild African nature.
Following the sophisticated techniques of the previous issues, Kilimanjaro is minted in highly detailed, three-dimensional topographic relief. It reflects the green savanna, pure volcanic rock and the ice-covered summit called Kibo with a refined partial colour application. Enjoy a miniature numismatic wonder of Africa!