Silver Half Ounce 2019 AC/DC - For Those About to Rock, Coin from Cook Islands - detailed information

Silver Half Ounce 2019 AC/DC - For Those About to Rock, Coin from Cook Islands
CoinSilver Half Ounce 2019 AC/DC - For Those About to Rock

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 half of a troy ounce of silver - such as this coin.

This coloured half-ounce silver coin was issued as part of the coin series celebrating world-famous Australian rock group AC/DC, and features the band's ninth album, For Those About to Rock (1981).

AC/DC are an Australian rock band formed in Sydney in 1973 by Scottish-born brothers Malcolm and Angus Young. Although their music has been variously described as hard rock, blues rock, and heavy metal, the band themselves call it simply "rock and roll". The band's line-up varied throughout the years; it did not disband though, and issued its latest album in 2020, 47 years after it was founded.

The Mint says about the coin:
The latest release of this successful collection is dedicated to another million selling album (No 1 in US) from these hard rock icons. With the release of this hit record the band went on tour for more than one year. Still today, the title song is always the last song of an AC/DC concert with firing cannons on stage. For those about to rock is also a variation of the phrase "We who are about to die, salute you", which is how ancient gladiators greeted their emperor when entering the arena. Angus Young got the idea for the title of the song after reading a book about the ancient gladiator games.

MintCIT Coin Invest Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage5,000
Obverse
Cook Islands / Silver Half Ounce 2019 AC/DC - For Those About to Rock - 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 2 DOLLARS.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 2 DOLLARS
Reverse
Cook Islands / Silver Half Ounce 2019 AC/DC - For Those About to Rock - reverse photo

The reverse shows at its centre artwork from the cover of For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) - the ninth album of AC/DC, issued in 1981.

It depicts a Napoleonic-era cannon, below which is the band's logo: AC↯DC.

Beneath that, on two lines the name of the album: FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK ALBUM.

The face value and denomination are on the obverse.

Reverse Inscription AC↯DC FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK ALBUM
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: proof-like, coloured, extra wide.
CIT Item ID: 28957

See also

Coins featuring AC/DC have been issued for different countries (ordered by year / metal / size):
- 2 oz Silver Coloured, AC/DC - Black Ice, Cook Islands 2018
- $5 (22 g) Silver Triangle Black Coloured Proof, AC/DC, Australia 2018
- 1/2 oz Silver Coloured, AC/DC - High Voltage, Cook Islands 2018
- 1/2 oz Silver Coloured, AC/DC - Highway to Hell, Cook Islands 2018
- 50 Cents Copper-Nickel Coloured, AC/DC, Australia 2018
- 0.1 g Gold Coloured Coin Note, AC/DC - Angus Buck, Cook Islands 2019
- 2 oz Silver Coloured, AC/DC - The Razors Edge, Cook Islands 2019
- 1/2 oz Silver Coloured, AC/DC - For Those About to Rock, Cook Islands 2019
- 1/4 oz Silver Antique, Guitar Pick Shape, AC/DC, Cook Islands 2019
- 20 Cents Copper-Nickel Coloured, AC/DC - High Voltage, Australia 2020
- 20 Cents Copper-Nickel Coloured, AC/DC - T.N.T., Australia 2020
- 20 Cents Copper-Nickel Coloured, AC/DC - Back in Black, Australia 2020
- 20 Cents Copper-Nickel Coloured, AC/DC - Ballbreaker, Australia 2020
- 1 oz Silver Frosted Uncirculated, AC/DC, Australia 2021
- 20 Cents Copper-Nickel Coloured, AC/DC Logo, Australia 2021
- 20 Cents Copper-Nickel Coloured, AC/DC - Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, Australia 2021
- 20 Cents Copper-Nickel Coloured, AC/DC - For Those About to Rock, Australia 2021
- 20 Cents Copper-Nickel Coloured, AC/DC - Let There Be Rock, Australia 2022
- 1 oz Silver, AC/DC, Australia 2023
- 50 Cents Copper-Nickel Coloured (with silver version), AC/DC, Australia 2023
- 20 Cents Copper-Nickel Coloured, AC/DC Logo, Australia 2023
- 20 Cents Copper-Nickel Coloured, AC/DC - Powerage, Australia 2023
- 20 Cents Copper-Nickel Coloured, AC/DC - Flick of the Switch, Australia 2023
- 20 Cents Copper-Nickel Coloured, AC/DC - Blow Up Your Video, Australia 2023
- 20 Cents Copper-Nickel Coloured, AC/DC - Black Ice, Australia 2023

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Silver Half Ounce 2019 AC/DC - For Those About to Rock: Details
CountryCook Islands
CurrencyCook Islands Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Half Ounce (1/2 oz)
Issued2019
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value2 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage5,000
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.6100 mm
Mass15.5500 g
OCC IDNXYD-ONZC-GYXD-OVRB
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