• 50 Dollars 1988, KM# 65, Cook Islands, Elizabeth II, Great Explorers, Marco Polo
  • 50 Dollars 1988, KM# 65, Cook Islands, Elizabeth II, Great Explorers, Marco Polo
Description

The Cook Islands is a self-governing island country in the South Pacific Ocean in free association with New Zealand. It comprises 15 islands whose total land area is 240 square kilometers (92.7 sq mi).

Obverse

Third crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the George IV State Diadem.

The George IV State Diadem, officially the Diamond Diadem, is a type of crown that was made in 1820 for King George IV. The diadem is worn by queens and queens consort in procession to coronations and State Openings of Parliament. The piece of jewellery has been featured in paintings and on stamps and currency. It can be seen in the Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace.

Engraver: Raphael David Maklouf

ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS
RDM
1988

Reverse

Marco Polo on a camel left of people in front of a temple, all inside decorated ring interrupted by the legend.

Marco Polo (1254–1324) was a Venetian merchant, explorer, and writer. His travels are recorded in Book of the Marvels of the World, also known as The Travels of Marco Polo (c. 1300), a book that described to Europeans the wealth and great size of China, its capital Peking, and other Asian cities and countries. Marco Polo was not the first European to reach China , but he was the first to leave a detailed chronicle of his experience.

He learned the mercantile trade from his father and his uncle, Niccolò and Maffeo, who travelled through Asia and met Kublai Khan. In 1269, they returned to Venice to meet Marco for the first time. The three of them embarked on an epic journey to Asia, returning after 24 years to find Venice at war with Genoa; Marco was imprisoned and dictated his stories to a cellmate. He was released in 1299, became a wealthy merchant, married, and had three children. He died in 1324 and was buried in the church of San Lorenzo in Venice.

MARCO POLO
$50
FM

Edge
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Silver
Fineness 0.925
Weight 20.94 g
Diameter 38 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Franklin Mint (FM)

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