Forty Ducats 2014 Sigismund of Luxembourg, Coin from Niue - detailed information

Forty Ducats 2014 Sigismund of Luxembourg, Coin from Niue
CoinForty Ducats 2014 Sigismund of Luxembourg

Niue, a sovereign state in free association with New Zealand, uses two official legal tender currencies. The New Zealand Dollar is the circulation currency for daily transactions, while the government also authorises legal tender coins in the Niue Dollar currency for collector's purposes.

A number of mints issue a large variety of commemorative and collector coins under the authority of Niue. One of them is the Czech Mint, which uses not only standard bullion sizes but also some formats based on the Czech Gold Ducat, including 40 Ducats weighing a massive 139.5 grams.

The coins are "Non-Circulating Legal Tender" (NCLT) and not bullion because they are issued at prices much higher than their bullion value and are targeted at collectors who appreciate them for their artistic or sentimental value, and not at bullion investors.

The Mint says about this coin:
Sigismund was the last member of the House of Luxembourg on the Czech throne who closed the grand chapter of the noted family of rulers. This controversial personality of the Czech history has its opponents as well as defendants. For his undisputed historical importance that cannot be denied he was chosen to be portrayed on a special gold coin issued by the Czech Mint.

Sigismund of Luxembourg, son of Charles IV and Elizabeth of Pomerania, became titular King of Bohemia in 1419, after the death of his brother Wenceslas IV. He inherited diplomatic skills from his father and he applied them especially to tackle the split within Catholic Church. Three men simultaneously claimed to be the true pope and Sigismund succeeded to push through the election of one of them at the Council of Constance in 1414. There he also - more or less - contributed to the condemnation of Jan Hus to death by not providing him with the promised support. During the Hussite wars, the followers of this movement did not recognise Sigismund’s coronation and an agreement was reached only after many years of exhausting wars. Sigismund of Luxembourg died one year after having been accepted as King of Bohemia. With his death in 1437, the last male descendent of the House of Luxembourg died.

MintCzech Mint Mint MarkMonogram ČM Total Mintage100
Niue / Forty Ducats 2014 Sigismund of Luxembourg - obverse photo

The obverse shows the effigy of Queen Elizabeth is in a small circle above the centre. Below that, the upper part of a throne can be seen.

Between the portrait and the throne, the face value 100 DOLLARS. Below the throne, the date of issue 2014, under which the mint mark of the Czech Mint - a crowned monogram of the letters ČM (Česká mincovna).

Around left and right, the monarch's legend ELIZABETH II. NIUE ISLAND.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II. NIUE ISLAND 100 DOLLARS 2014
Niue / Forty Ducats 2014 Sigismund of Luxembourg - reverse photo

At its centre, the reverse of the coin shows the portrait of Sigismund of Luxembourg, King of Bohemia, crowned and facing left.

On the left, a sceptre, sword and dragon. The latter symbolises The Order of the Dragon which was founded by Sigismund of Luxembourg and his wife Barbara of Celje.

Above right, 40 DUKÁT (forty ducats). Below right, the years of Sigismund's life, 1368 and 1437.

The monogram of the artist, JB (for Jaroslav Bejvl) is below the portrait.

Around below, ZIKMUND LUCEMBURSKÝ (Sigismund of Luxembourg).

Reverse Inscription 40 DUKÁT 1368 1437 ZIKMUND LUCEMBURSKÝ
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone

Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated.
Packaging: in capsule and dark wooden case, with a Certificate of Authenticity in Czech, Slovak and English.
Date of issue: May 2014
Collection: Investment 40 ducat Coin
Coin name: Gold bullion coin 40ducat of Sigismund of Luxembourg standard
Czech Mint Product Code: 75069-611

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Forty Ducats 2014 Sigismund of Luxembourg: Details
CurrencyNiue Dollar
Coin TypeGold Forty Ducats (139.5 g)
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value100 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage100
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerJaroslav Bejvl
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size50.000 mm
Mass139.500 g
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Forty Ducats 2014 Sigismund of Luxembourg: Photos
Gold bullion coin 40ducat of Sigismund of Luxembourg
Copyright: Czech Mint
Gold bullion coin 40ducat of Sigismund of Luxembourg
Copyright: Czech Mint
Gold bullion coin 40ducat of Sigismund of Luxembourg
Copyright: Czech Mint