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Prized possession: Odd-shaped jewelled gold on silver coins, issued by Cook Islands, collected by numismatist D. Satyabuddu of Visakhapatnam.
Prized possession: Odd-shaped jewelled gold on silver coins, issued by Cook Islands, collected by numismatist D. Satyabuddu of Visakhapatnam.

Staff Reporter

VISAKHAPATNAM: Cook Islands issued unusual and odd-shaped coins during 2006 and 2007. Noted numismatist D. Satyabuddu collected the coins. An odd-shaped, jewelled gold on silver $ 5 coin was issued to commemorate Pope Benedict XVI ’s visit to Valencia in Spain in July 2006. The unusual shape outlines the odd shape of the entrance of the Cathedral, which was built on a mosque.The Cathedral contains what is claimed to be the Holy Grail, the chalice used by Jesus at the Last Supper. On the obverse is the head of Queen Elizabeth II. The impressive coin comes in a plastic capsule and has a mintage of just 2,500 pieces. Cook Islands – Easter Island Moai is a three-dimensional $ 10 coin issued in 2007. Easter Island is a special territory of Chile, a Polynesian island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean. Easter Island is famous for its monumental statues, called Moai, created by the Rapanui people.Moai, the ‘living faces’ of deified ancestors, are monolithic human figures carved from rock on Easter Island between 1250 and 1500 AD. Almost all Moai have very large heads, measuring three-fifths of the size of their bodies. The tallest Moai erected, called Paro, was 33-feet high and weighed 75 tons, the heaviest one erected was a shorter but squatter Moai, weighing 86 tons. The $ 10 legal tender was minted in such a way that the gold-plated Moai can be inserted vertically into a slot on the coin to create a three-dimensional view. Kuchibhotla Padama of Bengaluru presented the coins to Mr. Satyabuddu.


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