Cook Islands – 2023 – 5 Dollars – Honey Bee Ephesos Numismatic Icons SMALL GOLD


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Issuing Country Cook Islands
Year of Issue 2023
Face Value 5 Dollars
Metal Gold
Fineness (purity) 9999/1000
Weight 0.5 gram
Diameter ~11 mm
Quality Silk finish
Mintage 5000
Scope of Delivery Box
Special features


Ancient cities chose symbols for their coinage that represented the founding mythology, a pun on the city’s name, a characteristic feature of the economy or the city’s devotion to a particular deity. Ephesos, a Greek city on the west coast of present-day Turkey, used to be an important centre of worship for the Greek goddess Artemis. The motifs on the city’s coins, such as the bee, reflect this fact very clearly. Allegedly, the association between the bee and the goddess was so strong that the priestesses of Artemis were called “honey bees”.