Silver Twenty-five Grams 2011 Fifth Crusade - John of Brienne, Coin from Cook Islands - detailed information

Silver Twenty-five Grams 2011 Fifth Crusade - John of Brienne, Coin from Cook Islands
CoinSilver Twenty-five Grams 2011 Fifth Crusade - John of Brienne

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 bullion sizes based on the troy ounce, but some are "metric", like twenty-five grams (25g) of silver.

This coin is part of the History of the Crusades series and is dedicated to The Fifth Crusade and John of Brienne.

The Mint says about it:
The Crusades were a series of religiously sanctioned military campaigns waged by much of Latin Christian Europe, particularly the Franks of France and the Holy Roman Empire during the 11th to 15th century. Each coin depicts a unique scene from that crusade and the most important commander/leader in that crusade.

The Fifth Crusade (1213 - 1221) was an attempt to reacquire Jerusalem and the rest of the Holy Land by first conquering the powerful Ayyubid state in Egypt. Pope Innocent III and his successor Pope Honorius III organised crusading armies led by King Andrew II of Hungary and Duke Leopold VI of Austria, and a foray against Jerusalem ultimately left the city in Muslim hands. Later in 1218, a German army led by Oliver of Cologne, and a mixed army of Dutch, Flemish and Frisian soldiers led by William I, Count of Holland joined the crusade. In order to attack Damietta in Egypt, they allied in Anatolia with the Seljuk Sultanate of Rom which attacked the Ayyubids in Syria in an attempt to free the Crusaders from fighting on two fronts. After occupying the port of Damietta, the Crusaders marched south towards Cairo in July of 1221, but were turned back after their dwindling supplies led to a forced retreat. A nighttime attack by Sultan Al-Kamil resulted in a great number of crusader losses, and eventually in the surrender of the army. Al-Kamil agreed to an eight-year peace agreement with Europe.

MintNumisCollect Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage 1,000
Obverse
Cook Islands / Silver Twenty-five Grams 2011 Fifth Crusade - John of Brienne - 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 and the face value: ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS.

The portrait of the Queen is in the lower part of the obverse. The upper part of the obverse, which is common for all coins in the series, depicts the silhouettes of two crusaders - the one on the left holding a large cross, and the one on the right an even larger banner with a cross on it. Around above, the name of the series: HISTORY OF THE CRUSADES.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS
Reverse
Cook Islands / Silver Twenty-five Grams 2011 Fifth Crusade - John of Brienne - reverse photo

The reverse depicts a Crusader fleet at the Pharos in Alexandria, with its leader in the foreground on the left. Around above, the inscription FIFTH CRUSADE 1213.

In the exergue, the leader's name JOHN OF BRIENNE KING OF JERUSALEM.

Below, a Jerusalem cross - also known as a "five-fold Cross", or "cross-and-crosslets", it consists of a large cross surrounded by four smaller Greek crosses, one in each quadrant; it was used as the emblem and coat of arms of the Kingdom of Jerusalem from the 1280s.

The cross divides the date of issue, 2011.

Reverse Inscription FIFTH CRUSADE 1213 JOHN OF BRIENNE KING OF JERUSALEM 2011
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: antique.
Packaging: in protective capsule and display box, with a Certificate of Authenticity.
NumisCollect Article ID: CK1101

See also

Coins in the History of the Crusades include:
- 25 g Silver Antique, First Crusade - Godfrey of Bouillon, 2009
- 25 g Silver Antique, Second Crusade - Louis VII of France, 2009
- 25 g Silver Antique, Third Crusade - Richard the Lionheart, 2010
- 25 g Silver Antique, Fourth Crusade - Dandolo of Venice, 2010
- 25 g Silver Antique, Fifth Crusade - John of Brienne, 2011
- 25 g Silver Antique, Sixth Crusade - Frederick II, 2014
- 25 g Silver Antique, Seventh Crusade - Louis IX, 2015
- 25 g Silver Antique, Eighth Crusade - Charles of Anjou, 2016
- 25 g Silver Antique, Ninth Crusade - Edward I of England, 2016
- 25 g Silver Antique, Tenth Crusade - The Last Crusader, 2017
- 1 oz Silver Antique, Northern Crusades - Livonian Crusade, 2018

All (16) coins of type: Silver Twenty-five Grams (25 g)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Silver Twenty-five Grams 2007 Brenham Pallasite Meteorite 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, Uncouped ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS
Silver Twenty-five Grams 2007 Princess Diana 1,997 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, Uncouped ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS
Silver Twenty-five Grams 2008 Everlasting Love 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, Uncouped ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS
Silver Twenty-five Grams 2008 Pultusk Meteorite 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, Uncouped ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS
Silver Twenty-five Grams 2009 Observation of Mars 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, Uncouped ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS
Silver Twenty-five Grams 2009 First Crusade - Godfrey of Bouillon 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, Uncouped ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS
Silver Twenty-five Grams 2009 Second Crusade - Louis VII of France 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, Uncouped ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS
Silver Twenty-five Grams 2010 Meteorite HAH 280 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, Uncouped ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS
Silver Twenty-five Grams 2010 Third Crusade - Richard the Lionheart 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, Uncouped ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS
Silver Twenty-five Grams 2010 Fourth Crusade - Dandolo of Venice 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, Uncouped ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS
Silver Twenty-five Grams 2011 Fifth Crusade - John of Brienne 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS
Silver Twenty-five Grams 2014 Sixth Crusade - Frederick II 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS
Silver Twenty-five Grams 2015 Seventh Crusade - Louis IX 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS
Silver Twenty-five Grams 2016 Eighth Crusade - Charles of Anjou 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS
Silver Twenty-five Grams 2016 Ninth Crusade - Edward I of England 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS
Silver Twenty-five Grams 2017 Tenth Crusade - The Last Crusader 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS
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Silver Twenty-five Grams 2011 Fifth Crusade - John of Brienne: Details
CountryCook Islands
CurrencyCook Islands Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Twenty-five Grams (25 g)
Issued2011
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value5 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage1,000
CurrentYes
Material0.925 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.6100 mm
Mass25.0000 g
OCC IDMXKD-EKQC-AMPQ-EWQJ
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