What was carved out by water is now featured in metal and marble.
The Grand Canyon in Arizona is the topic of a new 2014 silver $5
coin for the Cook Islands, issued through the private firm Coin Invest
Trust and struck by a private mint.
The Proof .925 fine silver coin shows a panoramic view of the canyon
whose depths were carved over time by the Colorado River.
The canyon’s deepest part measures 1,600 meters deep, and its width
ranges between 6 and 30 kilometers wide; its scenery draws some 5
million visitors annually.
A view of the canyon in color, with a marble inlay representing the
rock face below the scene, appears on the reverse, with a California
condor soaring above. The inscription SPECTACULAR LANDSCAPES, complete
with the series logo, indicates a new series begins with the Grand
The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II (the official
head of state of the Cook Islands) appears on the obverse.
Further landscape coins are planned but themes are not announced.
The coin weighs 20 grams, measures 38.61 millimeters in diameter and
is limited to a mintage of 2,000 pieces.
American distributor Coin & Currency Institute offers the coin
To order the coin, telephone the firm toll free at 800-421-1866 or
visit its website.