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KALASHNIKOV AK-47 Set 2 Silver Coins 2$ Cook Islands 2007


Over the last 60 years Mikail Kalashnikov’s revolutionary gas-fired AK-47 automatic assault rifle has seen service around the world, and is still popular today. This set of two 2007 Silver coins commemorates the weapon’s 60th anniversary and features a portrait of  Mr. Kalashnikov and his famous rifle.

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The AK-47 is a gas operated assault rifle that was used in many Eastern bloc nations during the Cold War. Adopted and standardized in 1947, it was designed by Mikhail Kalashnikov and originally produced by Russian manufacturer Izhevsk Mechanical Works. Compared with most auto-loading rifles used in World War II, the AK-47 is generally more compact, shorter range, less powerful, and capable of selective fire. It was one of the first true assault rifles and remains the most widely used and known. More AK rifles have been produced than any other assault rifles, production continues to this day.

Born in November 1919 - one of 18 children, of whom only 6 survived - Mikhail Kalashnikov was a Soviet T-38 tank commander in 1941, wounded in the shoulder and back when a German shell smashed through part of the tank's armor into his body. "I was in the hospital, and a soldier in the bed beside me asked: 'Why do our soldiers have only one rifle for two or three of our men, when the Germans have automatics?' So I designed one. I was a soldier, and I created a machine gun for a soldier. It was called the Avtomat Kalashnikova, the automatic weapon of Kalashnikov - AK - and it carried the date of it's first manufacture, 1947.

"My aim was to create armaments to protect the borders of my motherland. It is not my fault the Kalashnikov became very well-known in the world; that it was used in many troubled places. I think the policies of these countries are to blame, not the designers. Man is born to protect his family, his children, his wife. But I want you to know that apart from armaments, I have written three books in which I try to educate our youth to show respect for their families, for old people, for history." - Mikhail Kalashnikov

  • CountryCook Islands
  • Year2007
  • Face Value2 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)40.7
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)20.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
  • Set (pcs)2
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The AK-47 is a gas operated rifle designed by Mikhail Kalashnikov. One of the first true assault rifles, the AK-47 was conceived during Kalashnikov’s years in the Russian army when he was wounded during WWII while serving as a tank commander. Kalashnikov’s aim was to create a durable and easily produced firearm to protect the borders of his motherland.
The reverse features a full colour image of Mikhail Kalashnikov, the designer of the AK-47 surrounded by an engraved border. The second coin features an engraved image of the rifle itself, a Russian soldier armed with an AK-47 and the famous red star, scythe and hammer of the Russian Federation.
The reverse shows Queen Elisabeth II effigy.