Gold Half Ounce 2011 Parnassius Apollo Butterfly, Coin from Niue - detailed information

Gold Half Ounce 2011 Parnassius Apollo Butterfly, Coin from Niue
CoinGold Half Ounce 2011 Parnassius Apollo Butterfly

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. These coins are dedicated to historical or general popular culture themes not related to Niue itself. Many of them are in standard bullion sizes - such as a half ounce of gold (abbreviated as 1/2 oz Au, where "Au" comes from the Latin word for gold, Aurum).

This coin is part of a series by the Mint of Poland dedicated to butterflies, and depicts a Parnassius Apollo butterfly.

The Apollo or mountain Apollo (Parnassius apollo), is a butterfly of the family Papilionidae. The species is named in the classical tradition for the Greek god Apollo.

The Mint says about it:
"Another brilliant issue in the captivating Butterflies series of coins bears the title “Apollo” and is dedicated to a beautiful butterfly easily recognised by its lovely coloration, with big black spots on the tops of its wings and red spots on the bottom, and living in the mountainous regions. The creamy-white wings of Apollo are 5-8 cm long with red spots on its fore-wings and back wings. The butterfly uses these spots to deter its predators due to their resemblance to the eyes of an animal. Thanks to the pad printing technique the image on the coin displays the genuine colours of the butterfly. To the right of the image, there is the inscription denoting the Latin name of the insect."

MintMint of Poland Mint MarkLetters MW Total Mintage1,000
Niue / Gold Half Ounce 2011 Parnassius Apollo Butterfly - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin shows at its centre the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait", by Ian Rank-Broadley). 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.

The artist's initials are not displayed. Below the portrait is the small MW mint mark of the Mint of Poland (m over W), for Mennica Warszawska (Mint of Warsaw).

Above the effigy, the monarch's legend: ELIZABETH II. Below the effigy, the face value: FIVE DOLLARS.

Around above in the outer rim, NIUE ISLAND 2011. The rim is wide, and its lower part has a decorative pattern like a butterfly wing.

Niue / Gold Half Ounce 2011 Parnassius Apollo Butterfly - reverse photo

The centre of the reverse depicts a coloured butterfly against a background of the Sedum maximum plants.

Around right, the Latin name of the species: PARNASSIUS APOLLO.

Reverse Inscription PARNASSIUS APOLLO
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone

Finish: proof, coloured (pad printing).
Packaging: boxed, with Certificate of Authenticity.

See also

Coins in the Butterflies series include:
- 1/2oz Gold, Parnassius Apollo Butterfly, 2011
- 1oz Silver, Lycaena Virgaureae Butterfly, 2010
- 1oz Silver, Parnassius Apollo Butterfly, 2010
- 1oz Silver, Maculinea Arion Butterfly, 2011
- 1oz Silver, Papilio Machaon Butterfly, 2011
- 1oz Silver, Ornithoptera Goliath Butterfly, 2012

Royal Mint
Royal Mint
Gold Half Ounce 2011 Parnassius Apollo Butterfly: Details
CurrencyNiue Dollar
Coin TypeGold Half Ounce (1/2 oz)
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value5 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage1,000
Material0.900 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size27.000 mm
Mass15.150 g
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