Silver Three Ounces 2019 Samsara Wheel of Life, Coin from Cook Islands - detailed information

Silver Three Ounces 2019 Samsara Wheel of Life, Coin from Cook Islands
CoinSilver Three Ounces 2019 Samsara Wheel of Life

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:
The Samsara Wheel of Life coin is the third issue in the Archaeology and Symbolism series. The impossible has been made possible using the enhanced smartminting technology and brings the Wheel of Life to life.

The Wheel of Life or Samsara encapsulates all the essential teachings of Buddhism. It is the most profound instrument of teaching and depiction of the interrelated doctrines of Buddhism. Samsara is often painted at the gate of all the Buddhist Monasteries. The wheel of life is, in fact, a mirror. When we look at it, we are, in effect, looking at ourselves. We see ourselves in the picture, our heights, and depths, and our reactivity and potential creativity. The wheel of life has four parts. You can see a pigeon representing desire in the central circle, a snake representing hatred, and a pig that represents ignorance. These are the root or the cause of suffering in Samsara. These animals are used in the picture because they best represent the animal-like tendencies in our minds. The second circle is divided into a white path and a black path. It represents the two ways we can act in any situation, either with skilfulness or unskillfulness. The third circle has six parts which are the six realms. The upper three include the god realms, demi-god realms, and the human realm. These are the superior realms. The three inferior lower realms are the animal realm, the hungry ghost realm, and the hell realm. The fourth circle shows the 12 links of dependent origination. The wrathful figure that holds the wheel is Yama, or the lord of death, representing the impermanence of life.

MintNumisCollect Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage333
Obverse
Cook Islands / Silver Three Ounces 2019 Samsara Wheel of Life - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin shows a large question mark at its centre, filled with Ancient symbols.

Below left, the Fourth Definitive Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, by Ian Rank-Broadley; the Queen is crowned, facing right. Below the portrait, the designer's initials IRB.

The background of the centre is patterned with thin concentric lines. Around below right, the name of the series ARCHEOLOGY & SYMBOLISM (sic).

The rim is raised; incuse in it, around above the monarch's legend: ELIZABETH II · COOK ISLANDS; around below, the face value 20 DOLLARS.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · COOK ISLANDS 20 DOLLARS
Reverse
Cook Islands / Silver Three Ounces 2019 Samsara Wheel of Life - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin depicts the Samsara Wheel of Life with its four circles; it has ultra-high relief and interesting small details of the original Wheel of Life.

Around above and around below in the rim, the name WHEEL OF LIFE SAMSARA. The date 2019 is also in the rim, divided by the central design.

Reverse Inscription WHEEL OF LIFE SAMSARA 2019
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: antique, smartminting (Ultra High Relief).
Packaging: in capsule and box, with a Certificate of Authenticity.
NumisCollect Item ID: CK1908

See also

Coins in the Archaeology and Symbolism series include:
- 3 oz Silver, Cook Islands, Aztec Calendar Stone 2018
- 3 oz Silver, Mongolia, Kalachakra Mandala 2019
- 3 oz Silver, Cook Islands, Samsara Wheel of Life 2019
- 3 oz Silver, Cook Islands, Dendera Zodiac Egypt 2020
- 3 oz Silver, Mongolia, Vasudhara Mandala 2020
- 3 oz Silver, Cook Islands, Aztec Coyolxauhqui Stone 2021

Silver Three Ounces 2019 Samsara Wheel of Life: Known varieties
Variety Gilded
Images Cook Islands / Silver Three Ounces 2019 Samsara Wheel of Life / Gilded - obverse photo Cook Islands / Silver Three Ounces 2019 Samsara Wheel of Life / Gilded - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 99 (included in total)
Material0.999 Silver
Details

NumisCollect Item ID: CK1909

All (15) coins of type: Silver Three Ounces (3 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Silver Three Ounces 2018 Aztec Calendar Stone 333 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · COOK ISLANDS 20 DOLLARS
Silver Three Ounces 2019 Samsara Wheel of Life 333 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · COOK ISLANDS 20 DOLLARS
Silver Three Ounces 2019 Lord Ganesha 501 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 20 DOLLARS 2019
Silver Three Ounces 2020 Dendera Zodiac Egypt 333 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · COOK ISLANDS 20 DOLLARS
Silver Three Ounces 2020 Madonna of Bruges 501 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 20 DOLLARS 2020
Silver Three Ounces 2020 Steampunk 555 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 20 DOLLARS STEAMPUNK
Silver Three Ounces 2021 Aztec Coyolxauhqui Stone 333 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · COOK ISLANDS 20 DOLLARS
Silver Three Ounces 2021 Ravana - King of Demons 501 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 20 DOLLARS 2021
Silver Three Ounces 2021 Terracotta Warriors 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II 20 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2021
Silver Three Ounces 2021 Steampunk - Jet Pack 888 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 20 DOLLARS STEAMPUNK
Silver Three Ounces 2021 Silver Burst 999 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 20 DOLLARS
Silver Three Ounces 2022 Zeus - Father of the Gods 501 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 20 DOLLARS 2022
Silver Three Ounces 2022 Real Heroes - Special Forces 750 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II 20 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS
Silver Three Ounces 2022 Titanic 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II 20 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2022
Silver Three Ounces 2022 Legacy of the Pharaohs 2,910 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II 20 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2022
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Silver Three Ounces 2019 Samsara Wheel of Life: Details
CountryCook Islands
CurrencyCook Islands Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Three Ounces (3 oz)
Issued2019
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value20 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage333
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size65.000 mm
Mass93.300 g
OCC IDQRAP-EBNC-NKZP-EYJD
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