Silver Three Ounces 2022 Zeus - Father of the Gods, Coin from Cook Islands - detailed information

Silver Three Ounces 2022 Zeus - Father of the Gods, Coin from Cook Islands
CoinSilver Three Ounces 2022 Zeus - Father of the Gods

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:
This is the fifth edition in our successful “Spiritual Art” series, and is dedicated to the famous Zeus. Zeus is the sky and thunder god in ancient Greek religion. He was respected as an allfather who was chief of the gods, who rules from Mount Olympus. His name is cognate with his Roman equivalent Jupiter. He was regarded as the sender of thunder and lightning, rain, and winds, and his traditional weapon was the thunderbolt.

This stunning coin is based on the Statue of Zeus which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It was a giant seated figure, about 12.4 m tall, made by the Greek sculptor Phidias around 435 BC at the sanctuary of Olympia, Greece, and erected in the Temple of Zeus. Zeus sat on a painted cedarwood throne ornamented with ebony, ivory, gold, and precious stones. The statue was lost and destroyed during the 5th century AD. Details of its form are known only from ancient Greek descriptions and representations on coins.

MintCIT Coin Invest Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage501
Obverse
Cook Islands / Silver Three Ounces 2022 Zeus - Father of the Gods - obverse photo

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 2022.

The effigy and inscriptions are inside a circle surrounded by an Ancient Greek decorative motif, which is placed on a pedestal in what looks like a Greek temple.

On the pedestal below, the unique serial number of the coin in the format [number]/501, below which the date of issue 2022.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 20 DOLLARS 2022
Reverse
Cook Islands / Silver Three Ounces 2022 Zeus - Father of the Gods - reverse photo

The reverse portrays, in deep relief, Ancient Greek god Zeus seated on a throne holding a sceptre.

Reverse Inscription (none)
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: proof with "silk finish", smartminting (Ultra High Relief), special shape, gold plated.
CIT Item ID: 29904

See also

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

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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
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Silver Three Ounces 2022 Zeus - Father of the Gods: Details
CountryCook Islands
CurrencyCook Islands Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Three Ounces (3 oz)
Issued2022
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value20 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage501
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeIrregular
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size30.0 - 60.0 mm
Mass93.300 g
OCC IDBVYX-OWRC-XMRQ-EJZN
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