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LITTLE THERMO CHICK Silver Coin 5$ Cook Islands 2009


This special egg shaped coin is the first of "Thermo Coins" series. It is issued in legal tender by Cook Islands in 2009.

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In Christianity, Easter is the most important religious feast. Since the 2nd century Easter was celebrated as remembrance of the death of Jesus Christ, as from the 4th century as joy for his resurrection. Ever since, the Easter egg is regarded as a traditional symbol for this religious holiday. During lent, 40 days before Easter, it was forbidden for believers to eat eggs. The eggs were boiled so they would not perish.
During the course of the 13th century the eggs were sanctified for the first time. In order to distinguish these eggs from those which have not been sanctified they were coloured. Up until today, the tradition of decorating eggs has been upheld and is festively celebrated by young and old.

The egg is nature's perfect package. It has, during the span of history, represented mystery, magic, medicine, food and omen. It is the universal symbol of Easter celebrations throughout the world and has been dyed, painted, adorned and embellished in the celebration of its special symbolism.
A virtual Easter egg is an intentional hidden message, graphics, sound effects, or an unusual change in a behaviour, that occur in response to some undocumented set of actions intended as a joke or to display something hidden.

Why don't combine the two meanings?
A special constitution of colouration has been used on this Easter coin. At first glance this coin seems plain but by touching the coins surface it reveals its surprise, a newly hatched chick appears. A complex printing process using thermo-colours makes this “enchantment” possible. As if touched by a ghostly hand the image disappears when the colour cools down.

  • CountryCook Islands
  • Year2009
  • Face Value5 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)925/1000
  • Weight (g)25
  • Size (mm)30 x 43
  • QualityBU - Brilliant Uncirculated
  • Mintage (pcs)2.500
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)No
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The obverse depicts a red coloured plain egg and the "Easter Surprise" word, but by touching the coins surface it reveals a newly hatched chick. The reverse depicts Queen Elizabeth II profile.