|Coin||Gold Half Gram 2019 Czech Lion|
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, collector and bullion coins under the authority of Niue. These coins are dedicated to historical or general popular culture themes not related to Niue itself. Some of them are in the mini-coin format of half gram of gold (abbreviated as 0.5 g Au, where "Au" comes from the Latin word for gold, Aurum).
This coin is part of the "Czech Lion" series of gold and silver coins, minted since 2017 with a new design every year. The weight of this gold mini coin by the Czech Mint is one half of a gram. It was only issued as part of a four-coin set.
The Mint says about it:
The author of the original 2019 composition was medal maker Jaroslav Bejvl, who left us forever at the age of 75, so he did not manage to finish his masterpiece; Asamat Baltaev completed this masterpiece. The reverse side of the coin is dominated by a non-traditionally realistic two-tailed lion which guards the St Wenceslas crown, along with a flaming eagle on the shield.
||Mint Mark||Monogram ČM
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 5 DOLLARS ELIZABETH II · 2019 ·.
Below the portrait, a sprig of linden - the Czech national tree. On the left, above the N in ISLAND, the mint mark of the Czech Mint - a crowned monogram of the letters ČM (Česká mincovna).
The reverse of the coin represents a realistic depiction of a resting lion with a double tail, guarding a shield depicting the eagle of Moravia and Silesia, two of the three historical Czech lands represented on the Coat of Arms of the Czech Republic (the outlines of the two eagles are identical, they only differ in colour, which is not shown on the coin). On a cushion above the shield, the crown of St Wenceslas (Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia between 921 and 935).
Around below, the inscription ČESKÁ REPUBLIKA (Czech Republic). Around above right, the precious metal content: 0.5 g Au 999.9 (half gram of 99.99% gold; Au is abbreviated from "Aurum", the Latin word for gold).
In the lower left just above the exergue line, the designer's monogram.
Coins in the Czech Lion series issued in 2019 include:
- 1 kg Gold, Czech Lion 2019
- 10 oz Gold, Czech Lion 2019
- 5 oz Gold, Czech Lion 2019
- 1 oz Gold, Czech Lion 2019
- 1 oz Gold Reverse Proof, Czech Lion 2019
- 1/4 oz Gold, Czech Lion 2019
- 1/25 oz Gold, Czech Lion 2019
- 0.5 g Gold, Czech Lion 2019
- 1 kg Silver, Czech Lion 2019
- 10 oz Silver, Czech Lion 2019
- 5 oz Silver, Czech Lion 2019
- 2 oz Silver, Czech Lion 2019
- 1 oz Silver, Czech Lion 2019
- 1 oz Silver Reverse Proof, Czech Lion 2019