• 2008 Gold Royal Lion Coin Cook Islands reverse
  • 2008 Gold Royal Lion Coin Cook Islands obverse
  • 2008 Gold Royal Lion Coin Cook Islands reverse
  • 2008 Gold Royal Lion Coin Cook Islands obverse
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2008 Gold 0.5g Royal Lion Coin Cook Islands - In Capsule

Royal Lion Gold Coin From the Cook Islands.

This 24 carat gold coin has a face value of one dollar, and weighs just half a gramme. It was originally issued under 'The Smallest Gold Coins of the World Collection' by Westminster.

The coins are issued in a capsule, without a box or certificate.


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Totals are approximate until metal prices are confirmed on the next LBMA fix.

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The Cook Islands

The Cook Islands are a bunch of islands in the South Pacific ocean only 2,000 miles to the north west of New Zealand. The country has an area of only 93 square miles and a population of 17,000. One of its main industries appears to be producing commemorative coins for collectors. Its capital is Avarua, situated on the island of Rarotonga, and there are probably less than 17,000 people outside the Islands who know that. Four of its islands are claimed by the United States, but as the CIA website lists no current international disputes, it appears unlikely that hostilities will occur in the foreseeable future.

The Islands were discovered by the Portuguese navigator Alvaro de Mendada in 1595, English navigator James Cook visited the Islands on three occasions between 1773 and 1777. They were declared a British protectorate in 1888, and were annexed to New Zealand in 1901, and granted internal self-government in 1965, apparently they made a pig's ear of it, and are heavily subsidised by New Zealand.

Cook Islands Coinage

Although Cook Islands do issue its own circulation coins, all its gold coins are commemorative issues, mainly proofs. Most of them are very attractive although there is a series of very small gold coins, which means you would need a magnifying glass to fully appreciate their beauty.


The obverse shows the forth definitive portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, by Ian Rank-Broadley.


The reverse design features The Royal Lion holding a crowned shield. The inscription reads:




Weight / Size0.5 Gram
Gold Weight Troy Ounces0.016
Fineness / Carat0.9999 / 24
Obverse DesignerIan Rank-Broadley
Reverse DesignerUnknown
Mint / BrandWestminster
CountryCook Islands
Terms & Delivery

Terms of Sale - Key Points

You can find more information on payment and identification requirements.

Bullion coins are provided as is and on occasion may have some minor scratches or edge knocks. These are not regarded as faulty or damaged goods as their precious metal content and value as a bullion coin is not affected. Any coin sold for a value less than a 180% intrinsic is considered a bullion coin.

Gold investment products are VAT free. Silver investment products are inclusive of VAT at the current rate unless otherwise stated.

All investment products are based on the live precious metal price. Prices will be fixed once the item has been added to the basket and recalculates just before checking out. 

If your product is not a graded coin and is considered a bullion item, it should be noted that these are bought and sold on low premiums over their precious metal content and not solely for aesthetic purposes; therefore, some products may have edge knocks and/or marks. These edge knocks and marks do not alter the specifications of the coins.

Please note that all investment products are exempt from the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 and therefore customers do not have the right to cancel their order once the order has been accepted. If customers no longer wish to go ahead with their investment purchase, there is an option to sell the products back to Chard (1964) Ltd instead. View our current buy back prices.

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Delivery Information

We aim to dispatch orders within 48 hours of receiving cleared funds. Our standard delivery methods are as follows.

Orders over £60 - Fully Insured Delivery.

  • Within the UK and BFPO - Next day fully insured and tracked. Delivery starts from £6. 

Orders under £60

  • Within the UK and BFPO - Royal Mail 2nd Class. Your order will normally arrive within 2-3 working days. Delivery starts from £3.50.

If you wish to have your order sent by an alternative method (e.g., Saturday Guaranteed) please contact +441253343081 for more information. Please note, we will not dispatch high value orders over a bank holiday weekend.

For international delivery, please check with your local customs office for more information on custom duty and taxes.

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Postal Insurance

We offer fully insured delivery on all special delivery options. We do need to pass on the cost of this insurance as it soon adds up shipping high value gold and silver products. 

  • Orders under £1500 there is no additional fee.
  • Orders over £1500 we charge a fee in order to cover the increasing costs of insurance. For every £1500 we apply a £1 fee. 

If you require any assistance, please do not hesitate to call the showroom on +441253343081 and one of our team can discuss your purchase.