Silver Three Ounces 2023 Sparta, Coin from Cook Islands - detailed information

Silver Three Ounces 2023 Sparta, Coin from Cook Islands
CoinSilver Three Ounces 2023 Sparta

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 the design:
The Spartans - muscle-bound, fearless warriors from ancient Greece - were renowned for their nearly invincible army and unrivaled fighting skills using long spears, swords and round shields crafted from bronze and wood have captured the imagination for centuries. The myths surrounding Sparta and its warrior society are as old as the city itself. Reputedly founded in the 9th century BC, it was co-ruled by two kings who arbitrated in times of war. Upon its victory over the rival city-state of Athens in the Peloponnesian War (431 - 404 BC), Sparta emerged as the most powerful state in Greece.

MintCIT Coin Invest Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage 888
Obverse
Cook Islands / Silver Three Ounces 2023 Sparta - 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 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 2023.

The portrait and inscriptions are in a small circle above the centre. The rest of the obverse depicts "The Return of Helen on a Quadriga" (four-horse chariot), a scene from the well-known tale by Homer.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II 20 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2023
Reverse
Cook Islands / Silver Three Ounces 2023 Sparta - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin depicts a close-up of a Spartan warrior holding a spear and a shield, displaying the upper part of the "lambda" symbol of Sparta (for Lacedaemon - the first king of Sparta for whom the place was originally named); the symbol, the warrior's helmet and the tip of the spear are gold plated. In the background, more soldiers and a woman in Greek dress.

Behind, the inscription SPARTA and an Ancient Greek "meander" ornamental pattern.

Reverse Inscription SPARTA
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: proof, selective gold plating, smartminting (Ultra High Relief).
CIT Item ID: 30210.

The obverse shows the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, even though the coin was issued during the reign of King Charles III.

See also

Coins in the Sparta range include:
- 1 oz Platinum, Sparta, 2023
- 0.5 g Platinum, Sparta, 2023
- 1 oz Gold, Sparta, 2023
- 0.5 g Gold, Sparta, 2023
- 3 oz Silver, Sparta, 2023
- 1 oz Silver, Sparta, 2023
- 50 g Copper, Sparta, 2023

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
Silver Three Ounces 2017 Rubens - Christ’s Entry Into Jerusalem 1,632 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 20 DOLLARS
Silver Three Ounces 2017 Gods of the World - Quetzalcoatl 333 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II 20 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2017
Silver Three Ounces 2018 Aztec Calendar Stone 432 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · COOK ISLANDS 20 DOLLARS
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
Silver Three Ounces 2021 Real Heroes - Firefighter 911 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II 20 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2021
Silver Three Ounces 2021 Terracotta Warriors 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II 20 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2021
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
Silver Three Ounces 2022 Legacy of the Pharaohs 2,910 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II 20 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2022
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 2023 Sparta: Details
CountryCook Islands
CurrencyCook Islands Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Three Ounces (3 oz)
Issued2023
MonarchKing Charles III
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value20 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage888
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size45.0000 mm
Mass93.3000 g
OCC IDLGVB-ELDC-ZVNZ-EMPX
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