This special Silver coin is an unique...
The Cook Islands has issued a new Silver coin, part of the successful series “Mother of Pearl” and celebrates the 200th anniversary of the invention of the bicycle. The coin has 5 Ounces, Proof quality and for the first time in a coin, 2 differently colored Mother of Pearl inlays. Limited mintage of 750 pcs worldwide.
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Availability date: 12/13/2016
A bicycle, often called a bike or cycle, is a human-powered, pedal-driven, single-track vehicle, having two wheels attached to a frame, one behind the other. A bicycle rider is called a cyclist, or bicyclist. Bicycles were introduced in the 19th century in Europe and as of 2003, more than 1 billion have been produced worldwide, twice as many as the number of automobiles that have been produced. They are the principal means of transportation in many regions. They also provide a popular form of recreation, and have been adapted for use as children's toys, general fitness, military and police applications, courier services, and bicycle racing. The basic shape and configuration of a typical upright or "safety bicycle", has changed little since the first chain-driven model was developed around 1885. But many details have been improved, especially since the advent of modern materials and computer-aided design. These have allowed for a proliferation of specialized designs for many types of cycling. The bicycle's invention has had an enormous effect on society, both in terms of culture and of advancing modern industrial methods. Several components that eventually played a key role in the development of the automobile were initially invented for use in the bicycle, including ball bearings, pneumatic tires, chain-driven sprockets, and tension-spoked wheels.
The inner core of this pure 999 Silver coin is made out of real Mother of Pearl, with two different colors, green and yellow, with high relief and pictures two men on a bicycle, but in different periods of time, the past and the present. On the top of the reverse, the inscription: “The Bicycle” – the name of the coin. On the bottom, the face value: “25 Dollars”. The coin’s obverse depicts the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the inscriptions: “Cook Islands” – the issue country, “2017” – the issue year, “25 Dollars” - the face value and “5 Oz Ag 999” – the weight and the fineness of Silver.