|Coin||Silver Three Ounces 2019 Lord Ganesha|
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 three ounces of silver format - such as this coin.
The Mint says about it:
Ganesha is a Hindu deity widely regarded as the remover of obstacles. His characteristic elephant head makes him instantly recognisable and revered across South Asia and many religions including Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. Customarily, a small mouse accompanies Ganesha as his Vahana or vehicle. The astonishing gilded sculpture of Lord Ganesha resembles CIT’s Shakyamuni Buddha issued in 2018, and is the second issue in the "Spiritual Art" collection.
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 tiny 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 COOK ISLANDS 20 DOLLARS 2019.
Below the portrait, the unique serial number of the coin in the format [number]/501, below which the date of issue 2019.
The reverse depicts, in very high relief, the elephant-headed god Ganesha of Hindu mythology.
Finish: proof, smartminting (Ultra High Relief), special shape, gold plated.
CIT Item ID: 28852
Coins in the Spiritual Art series include:
- 3 oz Gilded Silver, Mongolia, Shakyamuni Buddha, 2018
- 3 oz Gilded Silver, Cook Islands, Lord Ganesha, 2019
- 3 oz Gilded Silver, Cook Islands, The Madonna of Bruges, 2020
- 3 oz Gilded Silver, Cook Islands, Ravana - King of Demons, 2021
- 3 oz Gilded Silver, Cook Islands, Zeus - Father of the Gods, 2022