Wednesday, September 19, 2018

All the world is watching

Why on earth would the Cook Islands, a semi-independent state in the South Pacific in close association with New Zealand, issue a commemorative coin about Brexit?! It seems that the Cook Island local government issues endless amounts of non-circulating coins for sale to collectors abroad. Apart from Brexit, they have commemorated such diverse items as Australia's first steam train, the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, Charles Darwin, the Loch Ness monster, and – yes, you guessed it – Captain Cook. Most coins also show a portrait of the British queen Elizabeth II, since she is the nominal head of state of the Cook Islands (and of New Zealand). If the islanders pay commission to Her Majesty the Brexit Queen for using her likeness on their silver dollars, I cannot say…

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