|Coin||Silver Two Ounces 2020 Airplane Propeller - Blue Skies|
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.
The Mint says about this coin:
For those of you that remember CIT’s incredible Anchor coin, you will be delighted to witness the follow-up of that piece. This beautiful black proof coin is called Blue Skies. Named after the wish "Blue Skies and Tailwinds" that all pilots give each other blessing them with safe travels as they navigate where the birds fly. Struck from two ounces of pure silver, you will be blown away by the relief and contrast of the propeller on the front of this plane. Look just beyond the propeller and notice the highly detailed engine. You can almost hear the distinctive sound prop planes make as they taxi down the runway.
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 10 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2020.
The reverse design depicts a propeller-driven airplane as seen from the front. Above right, on three lines the inscription BLUE SKIES & TAILWINDS.
The rim is decorated as compass.
||BLUE SKIES & TAILWINDS
Finish: black proof, smartminting (Ultra High Relief).
CIT Item ID: 29206
Coins in The Journey (also called Mobility) series include:
- 2 oz Silver, Anchor - Fair Winds, Cook Islands 2019
- 0.5 g Gold Proof, Golden Anchor, Palau 2019
- 2 oz Silver, Airplane Propeller - Blue Skies, Cook Islands 2020
- 0.5 g Gold Proof, Golden Airplane, Palau 2020
- 2 oz Silver, Classic Car - Open Roads, Cook Islands 2021
- 0.5 g Gold Proof, Golden Classic Car, Palau 2021
- 2 oz Silver, Truck - King of the Road, Cook Islands 2022
- 0.5 g Gold Proof, Golden Truck, Palau 2022
- 2 oz Silver, Train - Steam Dream, Cook Islands 2023
- 0.5 g Gold Proof, Golden Train, Palau 2023