The Cook Islands consist of 15 islands located in the South Pacific Ocean. First sighted in 1595, the Cook Islands are a self-governing dependency of New Zealand. Until 1967, their monetary system consisted of shillings and pounds. In 1967, the official currency of the Cook Islands became the dollar. However, the Cook Islands do not have their own mint. Their collectible and circulation coins are produced by various private mints around the world. The most common private mints used are the British Royal Mint, the Franklin Mint, and the Poboy Mint. There is a wide variety of prestigious Cook Island Gold coins, which contain intricate designs and unique features. Cook Island Gold coins vary in condition of Matte, Special Uncirculated and Proof.