The 2017 Proof Cook Islands Mother of Pearl Bicycle 5 oz Silver Coin pays tribute to the 200-year anniversary of the invention of the bicycle. This simply designed contraption transformed the transportation abilities of countless around the world. This coin is one of 2 released to recognize this 200-year anniversary. It is delivered inside of an interesting wooden box, designed to look much like the wheel of a bicycle. The coin contains .999 pure silver which, when combined with the exceptionally low mintage figures, makes this coin highly collectible. The coin is rather large, at 5 Troy oz and has a $25 face value issued and backed by the Cook Islands governing body.
The bicycle first came to live in the 19th century, in Europe. First known as the Draisienne, this contraption was developed by a man of German descent, Baron Karl von Drais. The bicycle was first publically introduces in the summer of 1817, in Mannheim and again a year later in Paris.
At the 2017 200th year anniversary of the bicycle, over a billion bicycles have been produced since the very humble start of this two-wheeled form of transportation. In fact, there are more than twice the number of bicycles produced globally than there are automobiles.
The obverse design of the 2017 Proof Cook Islands Mother of Pearl Bicycle 5 oz Silver Coin features the fourth-generation portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. This portrait was created by famed sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley in 1998. It has been featured on commonwealth coinage across the globe.
The reverse design of the 2017 Proof Cook Islands Mother of Pearl Bicycle 5 oz Silver Coin features an interesting colorized design. The image splits in two, with the left-hand side of the image paying tribute to the history of the bicycle. The right side of the image depicts a bike rider of today, riding competitively. The design features a Mother of Pearl overlay, to enhance the uniqueness of the coin.
Each of the 2017 Proof Cook Islands Mother of Pearl Bicycle 5 oz Silver Coins is shipped secured inside of a round wooden box that resembles the spoked bicycle wheel. A numbered Certificate of Authenticity ships with each coin.
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|Mint Mark||Not Shown|
|Designer (Obverse)||Ian Rank-Broadley|
|Designer (Reverse)||Ian Rank-Broadley|
|Product Series||Mother of Pearl|
|Certificate of Authenticity||Yes|
|Metal Content||5 Troy Ounces|
|Shipping||Orders over $199 Ship Free|