Forty Ducats 2019 Infant Jesus of Prague, Coin from Niue - detailed information

Forty Ducats 2019 Infant Jesus of Prague, Coin from Niue
CoinForty Ducats 2019 Infant Jesus of Prague

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:
People from all over the world ask the Infant Jesus of Prague for help, healing and peace. Is the miraculous power of the Infant Jesus of Prague real? Many people who thank him for a favour would answer that question. A place where miracles can be found is located near to Malostranské Square. People have believed in the supernatural power of Child Jesus´ statue since the Thirty Years' War, when Polyxena of Lobkovice dedicated it to the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary. The noblewoman received the Infant Jesus as a wedding gift from her mother from Spain, who got it from her mother as she set out for marriage to far Bohemia.

People soon noticed that Malá Strana had avoided problems, and judged that the Infant Jesus had saved them from the black death and the Swedes. The glory of the statue that heals the lame people and fulfils a supplicant´s wishes spread to all corners of the planet. Despite the fact that some have no idea where Prague is situated, Spaniards, Italians, Irish and Latin Americans pray to the Infant Jesus of Prague. In India, for example, the worship of Child Jesus is attended by thirty thousand people.

MintCzech Mint Mint MarkMonogram ČM Total Mintage99
Obverse
Niue / Forty Ducats 2019 Infant Jesus of Prague - obverse photo

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.

In tiny letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend, the date of issue and the value: NIUE ISLAND · ELIZABETH II · 250 DOLLARS 2019.

The effigy is smaller than usual, and is surrounded by floral ornaments around an arched frame.

Below the frame and on the right, the mint mark of the Czech Mint - a crowned monogram of the letters ČM (Česká mincovna). Around above left and right, 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).

Obverse Inscription NIUE ISLAND · ELIZABETH II · 250 DOLLARS 2019
Reverse
Niue / Forty Ducats 2019 Infant Jesus of Prague - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows a statuette representing the infant Jesus, crowned and holding an orb topped with cross in his left hand, his right hand raised in a blessing gesture.

The image is framed in an arched window, with floral decorations below, and rays of light radiating from it behind. The artist's monogram PB (for Petra Brodská) is below right.

Around left, the inscription JESULUS PRAGENSIS (Infant Jesus of Prague) in Latin. Around right, the same in Czech: PRAŽSKÉ JEZULÁTKO.

Reverse Inscription JESULUS PRAGENSIS PRAŽSKÉ JEZULÁTKO
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: March 2019
Collection: Investment 40 ducat Coin
Coin name: Gold investment coin Infant Jesus of Prague standard
Czech Mint Product Code: 75573-611

See also

Coins in the Prague Sights series issued for Niue by the Czech Mint:
- 40 Ducats (139.5 g Gold), Infant Jesus of Prague, 2019
- 40 Ducats (139.5 g Gold), Prague Astronomical Clock, 2020
- $1 (13 g Silver), Infant Jesus of Prague, 2020
- $1 (13 g Silver), Prague Astronomical Clock, 2020
- $1 (13 g Silver), Prague - Charles Bridge, 2020
- $1 (13 g Silver), Prague - National Theatre, 2020

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Forty Ducats 2019 Infant Jesus of Prague: Details
CountryNiue
CurrencyNiue Dollar
Coin TypeGold Forty Ducats (139.5 g)
Issued2019
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value250 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage99
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerPetra Brodská
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size50.000 mm
Mass139.500 g
OCC IDBVYX-OWRC-XVRK-EJZN
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