Forty Ducats 2021 Prague - National Theatre, Coin from Niue - detailed information

Forty Ducats 2021 Prague - National Theatre, Coin from Niue
CoinForty Ducats 2021 Prague - National Theatre

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 National Theatre, which is the heart and soul of the Czech cultural scene, is one of the largest monuments of old Prague.

The construction of their own stone theatre was a matter of Czech honour and pride in the 19th century. It was to serve the development of the Czech language, which was oppressed by German, and to support the production of domestic dramas and operas. The establishment of the National Theatre was enabled by the cooperation of all social classes, and the ceremonial laying of the foundation stone, which took place in 1868, became a nationwide political event. However, the joy of the Czechs from their own theatre did not last long, because the Neo-Renaissance building, which was the work of our greatest artists, was engulfed by a devastating fire in 1881. "It was Friday, the blackest Friday of our modern national life. The news about it came to us only on Saturday at noon and today I see my crushed father sitting with head in his hands at the table, and my mother crying in the corner", the poet Jaroslav Kvapil wrote.

However, real Czech cohesion became apparent at that time - a generation of children learned about the money boxes placed in our villages and towns intended for renovation of the theatre. In 1883, visitors were greeted by the tones of Smetana's Libuše and the opening of the National Theatre completed the Czech national revival.

MintCzech Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage99
Niue / Forty Ducats 2021 Prague - National Theatre - 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 · 2021.

The effigy is smaller than usual, and is surrounded by a representation of the ornate ceiling of the entrance hall of the Czech National Theatre in Prague, featuring a gallery of patriotic lunettes by Mikoláš Alš.

In small letters below, the precious metal content Au 999,9 139,5g (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 · 2021
Niue / Forty Ducats 2021 Prague - National Theatre - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows a view of the Neo-Renaissance building of the Czech National Theatre in Prague.

In the foreground, the statue which is located in its foyer. The sculpture by Josef Václav Myslbek, which represents the personification of Music, has the form of a girl who presses an old Czech musical instrument, the so-called varyto, to her heart.

Around above left, NÁRODNÍ DIVADLO (National Theatre).

In the right field next to the statue, the ZF monogram of the artist, Zbyněk Fojtů. Below that, the mint mark of the Czech Mint - a crowned monogram of the letters ČM (Česká mincovna).

Reverse Inscription NÁRODNÍ DIVADLO
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone

Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated.
Packaging: in capsule and light wooden case, with a Certificate of Authenticity in Czech, Slovak and English.
Collection: Investment 40 ducat Coin
Coin name: Gold investment coin National theatre
Czech Mint Product Code: 75915-610
Date of issue: June 2021
Issue price: 8,829.10 EUR

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Forty Ducats 2021 Prague - National Theatre: Details
CurrencyNiue Dollar
Coin TypeGold Forty Ducats (139.5 g)
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value250 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage99
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerZbyněk Fojtů
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size50.000 mm
Mass139.500 g
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Gold investment coin National theatre
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Gold investment coin National theatre
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Gold investment coin National theatre
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