|Coin||Silver Three Ounces 2021 Gods of the World - Amaterasu|
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 this coin:
The "Amaterasu: Goddess of the Sun and the Universe coin is the fifth issue in the award-winning "Gods of the World" series. The coin has an antique finish with dark highlights and is struck on a 3 oz pure silver 50mm blank in the highest quality. It has a limited mintage of only 333 pcs worldwide and comes in a beautiful box with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Amaterasu is the Goddess of the sun and the universe in Japanese mythology. Translated, her full name Amaterasu-Ōmikami means “the great august deity illuminating the heavens”, or “heaven-illuminating great deity.” Her major shrine is located the Ise Grand Shrine. She is considered a direct ancestor of the Japanese imperial family. The mirror with which she is often depicted is the Imperial House of Japan’s emblem. Amaterasu is celebrated every 17th July with street processions all over the country.
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 20 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2021.
The reverse of the coin depicts Amaterasu, the Japanese goddess of the sun and the universe, together symbols of the Imperial House of Japan. In her right hand, she holds the well-known mirror, the Imperial House of Japan’s emblem. In the background is the Ise Grand Shrine, the main Shinto shrine dedicated to the sun goddess.
On a pedestal below, the inscription AMATERASU.
Finish: antique, high relief.
Packaging: in capsule and presentation box, with a Certificate of Authenticity.
NumisCollect Item ID: CK2104
CIT ITem ID: 29469
Coins from the Gods of the World series issued for the Cook Islands:
- 3 oz Silver Antique, Quetzalcoatl, 2017
- 3 oz Silver Antique, Ra - Sun God, 2018
- 3 oz Silver Antique, Poseidon, 2019
- 3 oz Silver Antique, Shiva, 2020
- 3 oz Silver Antique, Amaterasu, 2021