Cook Islands is an independent state in association with New Zealand, consisting of 15 islands lying in the Pacific Ocean. There are southern and northern groups in archipelago of Cook Islands; some of them are uninhabited. The islands and atolls of the archipelago are volcanoes and coral riffs with rich flora and bird population. There are no native animals on Cook Islands. The islands, which now are named after Captain Cook, were voluntarily given under protectorate of British Empire by their people, then annexed by New Zealand. The independence came to Cook Islands in 1960's, when the first modern self-government was established. The official head of Cook Islands is Queen Elizabeth II, as she is the monarch of New Zealand. The Queen is pictured on the coins of Cook Islands as well. The citizens of Cook Islands are also the citizens of New Zealand, but not vice versa. Most population of the state is of indigenous Maori descent. The official languages of the country are English and native tongue.
The economy of the Islands mostly depends of tourism. Tropical climate and sandy beaches make the islands a good place for rest all the year long, as far as the exotic traditions of Maori attract tourists no less. Natives of Cook Islands make local crafts for sale, the largely popular are woodcarving, weaving and making of some sort of patchwork blanket. Cook Islands are considered to be the zone of offshore financial services, due to its laws, defending the foreign assets. Some of other points of income are pearl, fruit and seafood exports. Because of the distant location of Cook Islands, the state can hardly reach the world’s markets, so it depends on international sustain, mostly from New Zealand and China.
Minting collectable coins of Cook Islands is a way to enlarge the income of the island country. The Cook Islands coins are very spectacular; some have unusual features, such as original shape, various inserts and plating. There are numerous series of Cook Islands coins; each collector will find a proper addition to his collection. Precious collectable coins of Cook Islands are suitable for a gift on any occasion.
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