Silver Kilo 2023 Mt Everest - First Ascent, Coin from Cook Islands - detailed information

Silver Kilo 2023 Mt Everest - First Ascent, Coin from Cook Islands
CoinSilver Kilo 2023 Mt Everest - First Ascent

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 the very large one kilogram of silver format - such as this coin.

The mint says about this coin:
The world’s highest mountain had remained unknown to western society until 1852, when surveyors discovered it during the charting of India. Identified as the highest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest became a subject of interest during the golden age of alpinism and thereafter.

Prior to the British Mount Everest expedition of 1953, roughly 10 expeditions had failed on the mountain since 1921. The incredible triumph of the successful first ascent of Mt. Everest is claimed by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary, who reached the world’s highest peak on May 29, 1953. We are delighted to honour this extraordinary achievement by the world-renowned alpinists with two superb silver coins - a 2-ounce silver release and a stunning 1-kilo silver edition.

MintCIT Coin Invest Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage 99
Obverse
Cook Islands / Silver Kilo 2023 Mt Everest - First Ascent - 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 100 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2023.

The effigy and inscriptions are small and are in the lower left.. Most of the obverse features depicts two mountain climbers, seen from the back, walking on a thin path towards Mount Everest.

In small letters around the rim, the inscription: ON 29 MAY 1953, NEW ZEALAND-BORN HILLARY AND HIS NEPALESE MOUNTAINEERING PARTNER TENZING NORGAY, BECAME THE FIRST HUMANS TO STAND ON THE SUMMIT OF EVEREST. AS MEMBERS OF THE 1953 BRITISH MOUNT EVEREST EXPEDITION, THEIR TRIUMPH WAS THE GLORIOUS RESULT OF A LONG, COMPLEX AND BRILLIANTLY CO-ORDINATED CAMPAIGN.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II 100 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2023
Reverse
Cook Islands / Silver Kilo 2023 Mt Everest - First Ascent - reverse photo

The reverse is coloured and depicts an aerial view of Mount Everest, with a dotted line marking the route to the top.

On two lines above, the inscription MT. EVEREST 1953 FIRST ASCENT.

Reverse Inscription MT. EVEREST 1953 FIRST ASCENT
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: proof, coloured, smartminting (Ultra High Relief).
CIT Item ID: 30382.

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

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Silver Kilo 2023 Mt Everest - First Ascent: Details
CountryCook Islands
CurrencyCook Islands Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Kilo (1 kg)
Issued2023
MonarchKing Charles III
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value100 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage99
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size100.0000 mm
Mass1,000.0000 g
OCC IDDKLM-EMKC-XNPY-ENZB
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