Forty Ducats 2016 St John of Nepomuk, Coin from Niue - detailed information

Forty Ducats 2016 St John of Nepomuk, Coin from Niue
CoinForty Ducats 2016 St John of Nepomuk

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:
A coin of pure gold weighing 40 ducats with the motif of the Czech provincial patron St. John of Nepomuk is a unique opportunity for all those who want to securely save their money, while looking for an interesting added value for their investments - this represents the extraordinary artistic compilation and the issue cost strictly limited to just 100 pieces!

St. John of Nepomuk (Ioannes Nepomucenus) was born around 1340 in the village of Pomuk near Pilsen. According to the legends he led a pious life and during the reign of King Wenceslas IV he held the office of the General Vicar. His death was the result of the tension between the former archbishop and the king. Jan was subjected to torture and legend says that, among other things, he did not reveal the confessional secrets of Queen Sophia. His suffering ended with the throwing his unconscious body from the Charles Bridge into the Vltava. He died on March 20, 1393 and as a martyr symbolises the sacrifice for a loyalty and confidentiality.

The legend about the life and an importance of John's death is closely intertwined with the history of our country, but his cult is famous in other countries of the Catholic religion as well.

MintCzech Mint Mint MarkMonogram ČM Total Mintage100
Obverse
Niue / Forty Ducats 2016 St John of Nepomuk - obverse photo

Above the centre, the obverse of 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.

Usually, the designer's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley) are present below the portrait when it is used, but they are not displayed on this coin.

In a smaller circle below left, the numeral of the face value 250 is surrounded by the value and denomination in words: TWO HUNDRED · AND FIFTY DOLLARS ·. In another small circle to the right, the Queen's monogram E surrounded by a wreath and crowned with St Edward's Crown.

Around left and right, divided by the circles, the hallmark announcing the precious metal content: Au 999,9 139,5 g (139.5 grams of 99.99% gold; Au is abbreviated from Aurum, the Latin word for gold).

Below, the mint mark of the Czech Mint - a crowned monogram of the letters ČM (Česká mincovna) - is above the date of issue 2016.

Between all this and the outer rim, decorations of French fleurs-de-lis.

Around, the monarch's legend: ELIZABETH II · NIUE ISLAND ·.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · NIUE ISLAND · 2016
Reverse
Niue / Forty Ducats 2016 St John of Nepomuk - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin portrays St. John of Nepomuk with a finger in front of his mouth, expressing his silence, and with a patriarchal cross in his left hand. This cross, which marks the spot where John's body was thrown from the Charles Bridge into the Vltava, is known by millions of people worldwide. Rumour has it, that those who touch the cross with their hands and stamp with their feet the bronze dot in the pavement, will have their dreams will come true.

The artist's signature V · PAVLICA · (Vladimír Pavlica) is in a small circle below left.

The figure is surrounded by a geometric ornament. Around the rim, the bilingual text 40 DUCAT OF SAINT JOHN OF NEPOMUK · (around above), and the same in Czech - ČTYŘICETIDUKÁT SV. JANA NEPOMUCKÉHO · (around below).

Reverse Inscription 40 DUCAT OF SAINT JOHN OF NEPOMUK · ČTYŘICETIDUKÁT SV. JANA NEPOMUCKÉHO ·
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated.
Packaging: in capsule and dark wooden case, with a Certificate of Authenticity in Czech, Slovak and English.
Date of issue: April 2016
Collection: Investment 40 ducat Coin
Coin name: Gold investment coin 40ducat of St. John of Nepomuk standard
Czech Mint Product Code: 75195-610

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Forty Ducats 2016 St John of Nepomuk: Details
CountryNiue
CurrencyNiue Dollar
Coin TypeGold Forty Ducats (139.5 g)
Issued2016
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value250 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage100
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerVladimír Pavlica
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size50.000 mm
Mass139.500 g
OCC IDLBRP-ERRC-RZMB-EMNY
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