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Offline chrisild

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Cook Islands: Grab that Chick and rub it
« on: March 24, 2009, 11:50:01 AM »
(Oh how I love attention grabbing headers ...)

Easter is coming - and what could be more appropriate than "hunting" Easter eggs? Buying a Thermo Chick of course.
http://www.coin-invest.li/Coins.aspx#!Country=Cook+Islands&ProductID=391

Officially this gadget is a Cook islands $5 coin. On one side of the oval piece you see Elizabeth II and the face value; the other side is red, apart from the words "Easter Surprise". Touch that side, and you will see a little chicken that just got out of its egg.

http://www.coin-invest.li/images/fotos/large/23609_Little_Thermo_Chicken_o.jpg
http://www.coin-invest.li/images/fotos/large/23609_Little_Thermo_Chicken_r1.jpg
http://www.coin-invest.li/images/fotos/large/23609_Little_Thermo_Chicken_r2.jpg

Not interested? What about an .. ummm ... coin (Palau, $5) with coconut scent then?
http://www.coin-invest.li/Coins.aspx#!Country=Palau&ProductID=395

Note that in both cases the effect only works a limited number of times. To avoid that problem, buy actual coins instead.  ;D

Christian
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Re: Cook Islands: Grab that Chick and rub it
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2009, 11:26:47 PM »
Christian,
  This is definitely a first - an egg-shaped medal-coin.It kind of reminds me of those Zambian oval-shaped medal-coins that came out back in 2000 to commemorate the Queen Mother's 100th. Birthday.

Aidan.

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Re: Cook Islands: Grab that Chick and rub it
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2009, 10:16:36 AM »
Not that it matters, but a newborn chick is not fluffy at all, but becomes so after hours of rest and warmth only. Yes, I realize that saccharine pictures are more important than reality. ::)

But maybe this opens endless opportunity for novelty and tourist souvenir producers. Hey, I got this collection of old phones nobody wants. What if I'd put a big sticker with a number and a date on them (these coins will work as phones!). Do you think I could sell them as coins? Or do you think I should have them gilded or just silvered? :D

Peter
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Re: Cook Islands: Grab that Chick and rub it
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2009, 10:39:46 AM »
Peter,
  That medal-coin is the sort of thing that the guy who owns http://www.muntplaats.nl is interested in.

Aidan.

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Re: Cook Islands: Grab that Chick and rub it
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2009, 12:29:06 PM »
Hey, I got this collection of old phones nobody wants. What if I'd put a big sticker with a number and a date on them (these coins will work as phones!). Do you think I could sell them as coins? Or do you think I should have them gilded or just silvered? :D

Uh-oh. A perfect candidate for the "Heavy Coins" topic. As for the material, well, gold plated bakelite would be just fine. ;)  And who knows, maybe we will actually see coins (well, pieces of the Cook Islands/Palau type) that are mobile phones. Crown sized should be fine for that purpose ...

By the way, that dealer (not a retailer though) does have a few pieces that I actually find interesting. This one for example:

http://www.coin-invest.li/Coins.aspx#!Country=Palau&ProductID=320

Sure, Don Quixote (Quijote), you say. But look more closely:
http://www.coin-invest.li/images/fotos/large/23011_Don_Quichote_Oval_45x30_mm_r.jpg

Right, Palau again ... and yet that is appealing, design wise, I think.

Christian
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