Silver Two Ounces 2022 Masters of Art - Vincent van Gogh, Coin from Cook Islands - detailed information

Silver Two Ounces 2022 Masters of Art - Vincent van Gogh, Coin from Cook Islands
CoinSilver Two Ounces 2022 Masters of Art - Vincent van Gogh

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 the first in the Masters of Art series.

The Mint says about it:
The idea of this new series is to combine a famous painting with a portrait of its artist. This edition is dedicated to Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), considered one of the greatest painters of all time, a true Master of Art. His most creative and productive period began in February 1888, when the Dutch painter moved to Arles in the south of France, where he formed a working and living partnership with Paul Gauguin. During this time, he created many of his most famous works, especially landscape paintings, interiors and self-portraits. Among them is "Wheat Field with Cypresses" which was selected for this coin. Van Gogh finished this painting, with its vibrant colours and striking brushstrokes, in 1889 - which was only about a year before his tragic, self-inflicted death.

“I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.” (Vincent van Gogh)

The original painting with a height of 73 cm and width of 93.4 cm can be admired in full colour at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The painting has resided there since 1993. On this ultra-high relief 2 oz proof, the artist himself poses in front of his masterpiece. Thanks to the enhanced smartminting technology, this is done in a very realistic way. The obverse shows a painter working on his next masterpiece. The effigy is cleverly used as the painting he is working on.

MintCIT Coin Invest Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage999
Obverse
Cook Islands / Silver Two Ounces 2022 Masters of Art - Vincent van Gogh - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin depicts a painter in 17th century clothing, wearing a long wig, working on a painting - which represents the Fourth Definitive Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II; In tiny letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

In the portrait, above the head, the inscription ELIZABETH II; on two lines below, COOK ISLANDS 10 DOLLARS.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 10 DOLLARS
Reverse
Cook Islands / Silver Two Ounces 2022 Masters of Art - Vincent van Gogh - reverse photo

The reverse is coloured and shows the painting "Wheat Field with Cypresses" by Vincent van Gogh, in front of which his self-portrait.

There is no inscription.

Reverse Inscription (none)
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: proof, coloured, smartminting (Ultra High Relief).
CIT Item ID: 29872

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Silver Two Ounces 2022 Masters of Art - Vincent van Gogh: Details
CountryCook Islands
CurrencyCook Islands Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Two Ounces (2 oz)
Issued2022
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value10 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage999
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size50.000 mm
Mass62.200 g
OCC IDLBRP-ORRC-RDXQ-OMNY
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