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Cook Islands Gold Coins

Brief Cook Islands History

The Cook Islands are a bunch of islands in the South Pacific ocean only 2,000 miles to the north west of New Zealand. With an area of only 93 square miles and a population of 17,000; one of its main industries appears to be producing commemorative coins for collectors. Its capital is Avarua, and there are probably less than 17,000 people outside the Islands who know that. Four of its islands are claimed by the USA, but as the C.I.A. website lists no current international disputes, it appears unlikely that hostilities will occur in the foreseeable future.
The Islands were discovered by the Portuguese navigator Alvaro de Mendada in 1595, English navigator James Cook visited the Islands on three occasions between 1773 and 1777. They were declared a British protectorate in 1888, and were annexed to New Zealand in 1901, and granted internal self-government in 1965, apparently they made a pig's ear of it, and are heavily subsidised by New Zealand.

Cook Islands Coinage

Although Cook Islands do issue its own circulation coins, all its gold coins are commemorative issues, mainly proofs. Most of them are very attractive although there is a series of very small gold coins, which means you would need a magnifying glass to fully appreciate their beauty.

Technical Specifications

DenominationDiameterWeightFinenessGold Content
500 Dollars65155.50.9995oz
50 Dollars257.7500.58330.1458
20 Dollars257.7500.58330.1458
20 Dollars (1995)141.2441.58330.0400
10 Dollars13.97*1.2440.99990.0400
5 Dollar141.244.99990.0399
1 Dollar38.7444.00.9161.2958
1 Dollar  .9999 

Notes on Table

Diameter = Diameter in millimetres.
Weight = Gross weight in grams.
Fineness = purity of gold alloy.
Gold Content = Actual gold content in troy ounces.

Prices & Availability

Many denominations have been made in a variety of different specifications.
Please telephone for current prices and availability.
1986$1Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 60th BirthdayProof60
1990$250Save the Children FundProof3,000
1993$50500 Years of America - George WashingtonProof 
1995$50The Queen Mother as the Duchess of York in 1936 with Her Two DaughtersProof5,000
1995$20First Man on the MoonProof25,000
1997$5Princess Diana Commemorative CoinProof500,000
1997$60, $30, $15Year Of The OxProof3,800
2002$20Golden Jubilee, Street PartiesProof2,000
200610 DollarsLost Dutchman Mine,
World's Finest Miniatures Collection
Proof, FDC15,000
20061 DollarHenry VIII at Hampton Court Palace,
World's Finest Miniatures Collection
Proof, FDC20,000
2006500 DollarsConcorde's 30th AnniversaryProof, FDC30
2008/20091 DollarsThe Smallest Gold Coins of the World CollectionProof, FDC 
20105 DollarsSt. George & DragonProof, FDC 

Postage & Packing

UK Registered Post (Special Delivery) £9 per order
EU Insured Post £10 per order
USA Airmail $10 per order
USA Insured Shipping $20 per order

Cook Islands Silver and Base Metal Coins

For silver and base metal coins of Cook Islands, please look at our original Chard Coins website.

Coins Wanted
We make an active market in almost all world coins, gold or otherwise, including Cook Islands gold coins. If you have any of these coins to sell, please contact us, or post them to us for appraisal and offer.

Obverse of 1993 Cook Islands 50 Dollars

Obverse of 1993 50 Dollars

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Reverse of 1993 Cook Islands 50 Dollars

Reverse of 1993 50 Dollars

Reverse of 2002 Cook Islands 20 Dollars

Reverse of 2002 20 Dollars

Obverse of 2002 Cook Islands 20 Dollars Obverse of 2002 20 Dollars

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