Silver Two Ounces 2017 Gods of Olympus - Hephaestus, Coin from Cook Islands - detailed information

Silver Two Ounces 2017 Gods of Olympus - Hephaestus, Coin from Cook Islands
CoinSilver Two Ounces 2017 Gods of Olympus - Hephaestus

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 two ounces of silver format - such as this coin.

This coin is part of a twelve-coin set issued as a sort of continuation of the Perth Mints Gods of Olympus series issued in 2014 (featuring Zeus, Poseidon and Hades), followed by the Goddesses of Olympus series issued in 2015 (Hera, Athena and Aphrodite); these were both issued under the authority of Tuvalu, but the continuation was issued for the Cook Islands.

The coin depicts Hephaestus (Greek: Ἥφαιστος), the Greek god of blacksmiths, metalworking, carpenters, craftsmen, artisans, sculptors, metallurgy, fire, and volcanoes. Hephaestus's Roman counterpart is Vulcan. In Greek mythology, Hephaestus was either the son of Zeus and Hera or he was Hera's parthenogenous child. He was cast off Mount Olympus by his mother Hera because of his lameness, the result of a congenital impairment; or in another account, by Zeus for protecting Hera from his advances (in which case his lameness would have been the result of his fall rather than the reason for it).

As a smithing god, Hephaestus made all the weapons of the gods in Olympus. He served as the blacksmith of the gods, and was worshipped in the manufacturing and industrial centres of Greece, particularly Athens. The cult of Hephaestus was based in Lemnos. Hephaestus's symbols are a smith's hammer, anvil, and a pair of tongs.

The coin has antique finish and a rimless design (which extends to the edge without a border).

MintPerth Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage1,000
Obverse
Cook Islands / Silver Two Ounces 2017 Gods of Olympus - Hephaestus - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin shows the crowned bust of Queen Elizabeth II, facing right (her effigy known as the "Third Portrait"). The Queen is wearing the royal diadem which she wears on her way to and from the State Opening of Parliament, a pearl necklace and earrings.

Incuse in tiny letters on the neck truncation, the designer's initials RDM (for Raphael David Maklouf).

Around, the monarch's legend and the date of issue: ELIZABETH II · COOK ISLANDS · 2oz 999 SILVER · 2017 · TWO DOLLARS ·.

The inscription around the rim also incorporates the face value, and the precious metal content: two troy ounces of 99.9% silver.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · COOK ISLANDS · 2oz 999 SILVER · 2017 · TWO DOLLARS ·
Reverse
Cook Islands / Silver Two Ounces 2017 Gods of Olympus - Hephaestus - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin depicts Hephaestus standing in front of a furnace in his workshop wielding a hammer as he prepares to hammer a sword on his anvil.

On a ribbon below, the inscription HEPHAESTUS. The designer's initials JM, for Jennifer McKenna, are below left.

Reverse Inscription HEPHAESTUS
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: antique, high relief.

Issued in Set
Gods of Olympus 2017 2oz Silver Antiqued 12 Coin Collection, mintage 1,000
12 coins: Aphrodite, Apollo, Ares, Artemis, Athena, Demeter, Hephaestus, Hera, Hermes, Hestia, Poseidon, Zeus
All (21) coins of type: Silver Two Ounces (2 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Silver Two Ounces 2017 Gods of Olympus - Hades 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II · COOK ISLANDS · 2oz 999 SILVER · 2017 · TWO DOLLARS ·
Silver Two Ounces 2017 Gods of Olympus - Aphrodite 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II · COOK ISLANDS · 2oz 999 SILVER · 2017 · TWO DOLLARS ·
Silver Two Ounces 2017 Gods of Olympus - Apollo 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II · COOK ISLANDS · 2oz 999 SILVER · 2017 · TWO DOLLARS ·
Silver Two Ounces 2017 Gods of Olympus - Ares 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II · COOK ISLANDS · 2oz 999 SILVER · 2017 · TWO DOLLARS ·
Silver Two Ounces 2017 Gods of Olympus - Artemis 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II · COOK ISLANDS · 2oz 999 SILVER · 2017 · TWO DOLLARS ·
Silver Two Ounces 2017 Gods of Olympus - Athena 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II · COOK ISLANDS · 2oz 999 SILVER · 2017 · TWO DOLLARS ·
Silver Two Ounces 2017 Gods of Olympus - Demeter 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II · COOK ISLANDS · 2oz 999 SILVER · 2017 · TWO DOLLARS ·
Silver Two Ounces 2017 Gods of Olympus - Hephaestus 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II · COOK ISLANDS · 2oz 999 SILVER · 2017 · TWO DOLLARS ·
Silver Two Ounces 2017 Gods of Olympus - Hera 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II · COOK ISLANDS · 2oz 999 SILVER · 2017 · TWO DOLLARS ·
Silver Two Ounces 2017 Gods of Olympus - Hermes 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II · COOK ISLANDS · 2oz 999 SILVER · 2017 · TWO DOLLARS ·
Silver Two Ounces 2017 Gods of Olympus - Hestia 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II · COOK ISLANDS · 2oz 999 SILVER · 2017 · TWO DOLLARS ·
Silver Two Ounces 2017 Gods of Olympus - Poseidon 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II · COOK ISLANDS · 2oz 999 SILVER · 2017 · TWO DOLLARS ·
Silver Two Ounces 2017 Gods of Olympus - Zeus 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II · COOK ISLANDS · 2oz 999 SILVER · 2017 · TWO DOLLARS ·
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Silver Two Ounces 2017 Gods of Olympus - Hephaestus: Details
CountryCook Islands
CurrencyCook Islands Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Two Ounces (2 oz)
Issued2017
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
Face Value2 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage1,000
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerJennifer McKenna
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size40.500 mm
Thickness6.000 mm
Mass62.270 g
OCC IDGAVP-OXAC-BZMZ-EMDY
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