• 50 Dollars 1988, KM# 66, Cook Islands, Great Explorers, Vasco da Gama
  • 50 Dollars 1988, KM# 66, Cook Islands, Great Explorers, Vasco da Gama
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

Vasco da Gama holding a navigation tool right of value above map, all inside decorated ring interrupted by the legend.

Vasco da Gama, 1st Count of Vidigueira (c. 1460s–1524), was a Portuguese explorer and the first European to reach India by sea. His initial voyage to India (1497–1499) was the first to link Europe and Asia by an ocean route, connecting the Atlantic and the Indian oceans and therefore, the West and the Orient. Da Gama's discovery of the sea route to India was significant and opened the way for an age of global imperialism and for the Portuguese to establish a long-lasting colonial empire in Asia.

VASCO DA GAMA
$50
FM

Edge

50 Dollars

3rd portrait
KM# 66
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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