Five Dollars Gold 2015 Battle of Iwo Jima, Coin from Niue - detailed information

Five Dollars Gold 2015 Battle of Iwo Jima, Coin from Niue
CoinFive Dollars Gold 2015 Battle of Iwo Jima

This coin, commemorating the Battle of Iwo Jima was issued as part of a four-coin gold proof series by the Czech Mint. It is in the signature "gold ducat" format of the mint, which is slightly heavier than a tenth-ounce.

The Mint says about it:
Iwo Jima - a small and virtually insignificant island before the war, which was home to roughly one thousand inhabitants, became the scene of the one of the bloodiest battles of the Second World War. The five-day victorious battle of the American army and its allies against the resolute Japanese army resulted in tens of thousands of casualties on both sides.

The brutal assault which began on February 19th, 1945, is the subject of a new issue from the End of the Second World War series, prepared for coin collectors and history buffs by the Czech Mint.

The United States entered the Second World War following the attack by the Imperial Japanese Navy on the naval base in Pearl Harbor. It then began to repair the damage caused by Japan and reclaimed a large part of Southeast Asia and a number of islands in the Pacific. One of these happened to be Iwo Jima, which at the time served the Japanese as a strategic airstrip. 70,000 American soldiers boarded ships and attacked the island in two waves. The enemy commander Kuribayashi had "only" 21,000 men available and it was clear to him that fighting meant mass suicide. Nevertheless, his army demonstrated immense determination and ingenuity. They bravely defended their positions and attacked from underground tunnels and bunkers built under the Suribachi volcano. It took five days before the Americans and allies were able to cut off the volcano from the rest of the island.

The photograph taken by war photographer Joe Rosenthal showing six soldiers raising the American flag on the peak of Suribachi was seen round the world and has now also become the subject of the reverse of this new gold coin. While the enemy at that time had yet to be defeated, the photo gave the American troops strength and a much-needed boost for the rest of the several-week battle. The battle for Iwo Jima ended on March 26th, 1945, with enormous loss of life but victory for the American and allied army.

MintCzech Mint Mint MarkMonogram ČM Total Mintage200
Obverse
Niue / Five Dollars Gold 2015 Battle of Iwo Jima - obverse photo

At the centre of the obverse, the coin shows the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits. There are no designer's initials below the effigy.

To the left of the portrait and below, the mint mark of the Czech Mint - a crowned monogram of the letters ČM (Česká mincovna).

The rim surrounding the portrait is ringed with graveyard crosses. In the outer rim, the Queen's legend, the face value and date of issue: ELIZABETH II · NIUE ISLAND · FIVE DOLLARS · 2015 ·.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · NIUE ISLAND · FIVE DOLLARS · 2015 ·
Reverse
Niue / Five Dollars Gold 2015 Battle of Iwo Jima - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows the iconic image of a group of soldiers raising the American flag over the summit of the Suribachi volcano in Iwo Jima. In the back ground, a map of the island with the Japanese flag overlaid on it.

Around left, the inscription 26. BŘEZNA 1945 (26 March 1945). Around above, HORA SURIBAČI - BITVA O IWO JIMU (Mount Suribachi - Battle of Iwo Jima).

Reverse Inscription 26. BŘEZNA 1945 HORA SURIBAČI - BITVA O IWO JIMU
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: proof
Packaging: gold-coloured cardboard case, with Certificate of Authenticity.
Date of issue: March 2015
Product Code: 75105-611

See also

Coins issued by the Czech Mint in 2015 for Niue to mark the end of World War II include:
- Gold Half Ounce 2015, Liberation of Auschwitz
- $5 Gold 2015, Liberation of Auschwitz
- Gold Half Ounce 2015, Battle of Iwo Jima
- $5 Gold 2015, Battle of Iwo Jima
- Gold Half Ounce 2015, Red Army Captures Berlin
- $5 Gold 2015, Red Army Captures Berlin
- Gold Half Ounce 2015, Prague Uprising
- $5 Gold 2015, Prague Uprising

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Five Dollars Gold 2015 Battle of Iwo Jima: Details
CountryNiue
CurrencyNiue Dollar
Coin TypeGold Tenth Ounce (1/10 oz)
Issued2015
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value5 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage200
CurrentYes
Material0.986 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size20.000 mm
Mass3.490 g
OCC IDGAVP-OXAC-PZPQ-EMDY
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