Forty Ducats 2020 Prague Astronomical Clock, Coin from Niue - detailed information

Forty Ducats 2020 Prague Astronomical Clock, Coin from Niue
CoinForty Ducats 2020 Prague Astronomical Clock

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:
The Prague Astronomical Clock, which is admired by millions of tourists from all over the world, has become the motif of this Czech Mint's large gold coin. The history of the instrument, which measures not only time but also the position of celestial bodies, dates back to 1410. Therefore, the Prague Astronomical Clock is one of the oldest in the world. It gives unique evidence of the technical skills of medieval watchmakers and it is a unique work of art that combines many different styles - from Gothic to Romantic.

The Prague Astronomical Clock is also surrounded by a number of legends that say that its existence is connected with our homeland. When the painter Josef Mánes received a contract to create the astronomical clock's calendar plate to complement the astronomical dial, his colleagues tried to discourage him. According to the prophecy, madness awaited everyone who worked on the astronomical clock. However, the disaster was not only a threat to the artist himself - the astronomical clock had not worked for centuries, and if it worked, the Czech lands would be hit by a disaster. Manes ignored the warning and created a monumental allegory of the twelve months of the year. Whether it was a coincidence or a real curse, the prophecy came true - the astronomical clock was finally put into operation in 1866, when the Prussians invaded Bohemia, the cholera epidemic started and the painter was afflicted by mental illness.

MintCzech Mint Mint MarkMonogram ČM Total Mintage99
Obverse
Niue / Forty Ducats 2020 Prague Astronomical Clock - 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 · 250 DOLLARS · ELIZABETH II · 2020 ·.

The effigy is smaller than usual, and is surrounded by geometric motifs similar to those in a Gothic cathedral window.

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

Obverse Inscription NIUE ISLAND · 250 DOLLARS · ELIZABETH II · 2020 ·
Reverse
Niue / Forty Ducats 2020 Prague Astronomical Clock - reverse photo

The reverse side of the coin is dominated by a south view of the Old Town Hall Tower, with details of the clock face and the calendar plate.

Around above right, the inscription STAROMĚSTSKÝ ORLOJ (Old City Clock) above right.

The artist's monogram PB (for Petra Brodská) is below right.

Reverse Inscription STAROMĚSTSKÝ ORLOJ<
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated.
Packaging: in capsule and light wooden case, with a Certificate of Authenticity in Czech, Slovak and English.
Date of issue: April 2020
Collection: Investment 40 ducat Coin
Coin name: Gold investment coin Prague Astronomical Clock standard
Czech Mint Product Code: 75717-610

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 2020 Prague Astronomical Clock: Details
CountryNiue
CurrencyNiue Dollar
Coin TypeGold Forty Ducats (139.5 g)
Issued2020
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 IDBYNK-ODDC-KRKB-OPQM
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