Silver Three Ounces 2021 Bactrian Cybele Disk, Coin from Cook Islands - detailed information

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 Bactrian Cybele Disk coin is the seventh issue in the Archaeology and Symbolism series. We take the relief even further with enhanced Smartminting technology which brings the 2200 year old disk to life. The coin has an antique or silk finish and is struck on a huge 3 oz pure .999 silver 65mm blank in the highest quality possible.

The Greco-Bactrian Kingdom was a kingdom in central Asia. It lasted from approximately the mid-3rd century BC until the 1st century BC. Its most important cities were Ai-Khanoum and Bactria, founded by Alexander the Great. Both cities were located on important trade routes towards Asia both through lowlands and the mountains. The area flourished and much sophisticated temples, buildings and artefacts where made. One, the Bactrian Disk, was found in Ai-Khanoum.

The Bactrian Disk depicts the goddess Cybele in her chariot drawn by lions towards a sacrifice. She was believed to be the mother of the mountains. Her roots are from the area of the Bactrian Kingdom from where Greek explorers brought her stories back and incorporated it into Greek culture. The disk or plaque is from the 2nd century BC, measures 25 cm in diameter and is partially gilded. The disk is now in the national museum in Kabul.

Information about: Silver Three Ounces 2021 Bactrian Cybele Disk, Coin from Cook Islands
MintNumisCollect Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage432
Obverse
Cook Islands / Silver Three Ounces 2021 Bactrian Cybele Disk - 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 2021 Bactrian Cybele Disk - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin depicts the Bactrian Cybele disk in ultra high relief with all its characteristics including the cracks and dents - just how the archaeologists found it.

Around the disc are various Bactrian carvings and sculptures also found at locations in the old Bactrian Kingdom. The background is filled with ancient Greco-Bactrian writings.

Around above, the name of the place where the disk was found: AI KHANOUM. Around below, the name of the coin: CYBELE AND NIKE DISK.

The date 2021 is also in the rim, divided by the central design.

Reverse Inscription AI KHANOUM CYBELE AND NIKE DISK 2021
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: antique, smartminting (Ultra High Relief).
Packaging: in capsule and box, with a Certificate of Authenticity.
NumisCollect Article ID: CK2111

Mintage includes 234 coins with antique finish, 99 selectively and 99 fully 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 2021 Bactrian Cybele Disk: Known varieties
Variety Part Gilded
Images Cook Islands / Silver Three Ounces 2021 Bactrian Cybele Disk / Part Gilded - obverse photo Cook Islands / Silver Three Ounces 2021 Bactrian Cybele Disk / Part Gilded - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown
Details

Selective gold plating on the reverse design.

NumisCollect Article ID: CK2112.

Variety Gilded
Images Cook Islands / Silver Three Ounces 2021 Bactrian Cybele Disk / Gilded - obverse photo Cook Islands / Silver Three Ounces 2021 Bactrian Cybele Disk / Gilded - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown
Details

Gilded (gold plated), with silk finish.

NumisCollect Article ID: CK2112.

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Silver Three Ounces 2021 Bactrian Cybele Disk: Details
CountryCook Islands
CurrencyCook Islands Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Three Ounces (3 oz)
Issued2021
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 IDMXKD-OKQC-KDQX-OWQJ
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