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 Mintage432
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

Mintage includes 333 coins with antique finish and 99 gold plated.

See also

Coins in the Archaeology and Symbolism series include:
- 3 oz Silver Antique (with gilded version), Aztec Calendar Stone, Cook Islands 2018
- 3 oz Silver Antique (with gilded version), Kalachakra Mandala, Mongolia 2019
- 3 oz Silver Antique (with gilded version), Samsara Wheel of Life, Cook Islands 2019
- 3 oz Silver Antique (with gilded version), Dendera Zodiac Egypt, Cook Islands 2020
- 3 oz Silver Antique (with gilded version), Vasudhara Mandala, Mongolia 2020
- 3 oz Silver Antique (with coloured and gilded versions), Aztec Coyolxauhqui Stone, Cook Islands 2021
- 3 oz Silver Antique (with part and fully gilded versions), Bactrian Cybele Disk, Cook Islands 2021
- 3 oz Silver Antique (with part and fully gilded versions), Tutankhamun’s Tomb, Cook Islands 2022
- 3 oz Silver Antique (with coloured and gilded versions), Vairochana Buddha, Mongolia 2022

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

Gilded (gold plated). NumisCollect Article ID: CK1909

All (41) coins of type: Silver Three Ounces (3 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Silver Three Ounces 2017 William Turner - Ulysses Deriding Polyphemus 1,829 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 20 DOLLARS
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Silver Three Ounces 2017 Gods of the World - Quetzalcoatl 333 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II 20 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2017
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Silver Three Ounces 2018 Gods of the World - Ra, Sun God 333 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II 20 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2018
Silver Three Ounces 2018 Tiepolo - Death of Christ 1,749 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 20 DOLLARS
Silver Three Ounces 2018 Gustav Klimt - Tree of Life 1,911 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 20 DOLLARS
Silver Three Ounces 2019 Samsara Wheel of Life 432 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · COOK ISLANDS 20 DOLLARS
Silver Three Ounces 2019 Spiritual Art - Lord Ganesha 501 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 20 DOLLARS 2019
Silver Three Ounces 2019 Gods of the World - Poseidon 333 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II 20 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2019
Silver Three Ounces 2019 Edvard Munch - The Scream 1,893 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 20 DOLLARS
Silver Three Ounces 2019 Fairy Tales - Little Red Riding Hood 333 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait FAIRY TALES 20 DOLLARS ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS
Silver Three Ounces 2019 Asian Mythology - Zhong Kui 333 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II 20 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2019
Silver Three Ounces 2020 Dendera Zodiac Egypt 432 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · COOK ISLANDS 20 DOLLARS
Silver Three Ounces 2020 Spiritual Art - Madonna of Bruges 501 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 20 DOLLARS 2020
Silver Three Ounces 2020 Real Heroes - Fighter Pilot 499 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II 20 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2020
Silver Three Ounces 2020 Gods of the World - Shiva 333 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II 20 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2020
Silver Three Ounces 2020 Goya - Christ in Gethsemane 999 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 20 DOLLARS
Silver Three Ounces 2020 Steampunk 555 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 20 DOLLARS STEAMPUNK
Silver Three Ounces 2020 Asian Mythology - Zhong Kui 99 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II 20 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2020
Silver Three Ounces 2021 Aztec Coyolxauhqui Stone 531 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · COOK ISLANDS 20 DOLLARS
Silver Three Ounces 2021 Bactrian Cybele Disk 432 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · COOK ISLANDS 20 DOLLARS
Silver Three Ounces 2021 Spiritual Art - Ravana, King of Demons 501 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 20 DOLLARS 2021
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Silver Three Ounces 2021 Gods of the World - Amaterasu 333 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
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Silver Three Ounces 2021 Asian Mythology - Zhao Gongming 333 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II 20 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2021
Silver Three Ounces 2022 Spiritual Art - Zeus, Father of the Gods 501 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 20 DOLLARS 2022
Silver Three Ounces 2022 Tutankhamun’s Tomb 432 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · COOK ISLANDS 20 DOLLARS
Silver Three Ounces 2022 Real Heroes - Special Forces 750 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II 20 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2022
Silver Three Ounces 2022 Titanic 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II 20 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2022
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Silver Three Ounces 2022 Steampunk - Nautilus 888 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 20 DOLLARS STEAMPUNK
Silver Three Ounces 2022 Fairy Tales - Hansel and Gretel 333 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait FAIRY TALES 20 DOLLARS ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS
Silver Three Ounces 2023 Spiritual Art - Angel of Mercy 501 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 20 DOLLARS 2023
Silver Three Ounces 2023 Sparta 888 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II 20 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2023
Silver Three Ounces 2023 Real Heroes - Coast Guard 850 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II 20 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2023
Silver Three Ounces 2023 Vault 777 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 20 DOLLARS
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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 Mintage432
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size65.0000 mm
Mass93.3000 g
OCC IDQRAP-EBNC-NKZP-EYJD
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