Forty Ducats 2021 Slovak Cross, Coin from Niue - detailed information

Forty Ducats 2021 Slovak Cross, Coin from Niue
CoinForty Ducats 2021 Slovak Cross

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 double-armed cross is the largest symbol of Slovakia. The Czech Mint pays a tribute to it by issuing a large gold coin whose weight is derived from the historical forty ducats and which is intended mainly for Slovak collectors and investors.

The two-armed cross, which is also known as the patriarchal cross, is an ancient religious symbol. It is based on the traditional Latin cross that every Christian is familiar with, but has one extra shorter bar at the top. This symbolises the table that Pontius Pilate had affixed over the head of the crucified Jesus Christ to announce his name and offence. But how did this specific cross become a symbol of Slovakia? In the early Middle Ages, the double-armed cross was the official symbol of the emperor of the Byzantine Empire, from where the heralds Cyril and Methodius came to Central Europe to spread Christianity. The Christian symbol became so popular in the Slavic countries that first Nitra region and later Great Moravia chose it as their state emblem. The Patriarchal Cross remained in veneration even after the demise of the Great Moravian Empire, when the Hungarians, who subverted the Slavic state, began to use it as a sign of sovereignty and power.

The symbol of the Hungarian kings returned to the hands of the Slavs only in the revolutionary year of 1848, when Ľudovít Štúr declared it the emblem of all Slovaks.

MintCzech Mint Mint MarkMonogram ČM Total Mintage99
Obverse
Niue / Forty Ducats 2021 Slovak Cross - 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: ELIZABETH II · NIUE ISLAND · 250 DOLLARS ··· 2021 ···.

The effigy is smaller than usual, and is surrounded by floral ornaments.

Beneath the portrait, a halmark announcing 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).

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

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · NIUE ISLAND · 250 DOLLARS ··· 2021 ···
Reverse
Niue / Forty Ducats 2021 Slovak Cross - reverse photo

The reverse side of the coin, is dominated by a two-armed Slovak cross growing from a trio of mountain peaks. According to a legend from the 17th century, they symbolise the three Hungarian mountain ranges called Tatra, Mátra and Fatra.

The motif in the background is supplemented with a band with a decoration inspired by Slovak folk ornament patterns.

The designer's signature is below centre-right, at the base of the central mountain. There is no inscription.

Reverse Inscription (none)
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Notes

Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated.
Packaging: in capsule and dark wooden case, with a Certificate of Authenticity in Czech, Slovak and English.
Date of issue: November 2021
Issue price: 220,795 CZK, 9,062.00 EUR
Collection: Investment 40 ducat Coin
Coin name: Gold investment coin Slovak double-armed cross SK standard
Czech Mint Product Code: 76003-610

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Forty Ducats 2021 Slovak Cross: Details
CountryNiue
CurrencyNiue Dollar
Coin TypeGold Forty Ducats (139.5 g)
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value250 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage99
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerLenka Nebeská
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size50.000 mm
Mass139.500 g
OCC IDLGVB-ELDC-KMYW-EMPX
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