Gold Half Ounce 2015 Red Army Captures Berlin, Coin from Niue - detailed information

Gold Half Ounce 2015 Red Army Captures Berlin, Coin from Niue
CoinGold Half Ounce 2015 Red Army Captures Berlin

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, commemorating the Capture of Berlin by the Red Army in 1945, was issued as part of a four-coin gold proof set by the Czech Mint.

The Mint says about the coin:
This year, the whole world commemorates an important anniversary - 70 years since the end of World War II. But the end was brought about by a number of events which importance changed the course of history forever. At a time when Stalin's troops approached the heart of the Third Reich, one of the most terrifying conflicts of history was culminating. During four days of fierce fighting the major part of Berlin was conquered - on 29th April the Red Army occupied the Ministry of Defence and a day later attacked the Reichstag. Hitler had to admit defeat; after noon on 30th April, together with his wife Eva, he took his own life. On the same day, at ten o'clock in the evening, two soldiers of the Red Army raised the Soviet flag on the dome of the Reichstag.

General Weidling ended the fighting on 2nd May. He ordered the Berlin garrison to surrender, and thus ended the bloodiest chapter in modern history. On 7th May the German High Command signed a surrender act in Reims with the Western Allies. The act was signed by representatives of the Soviet Union and the Western powers the following day in Berlin. The 8th May went down in history as the end of the 2nd World War in Europe. The capture of Berlin became the Stalin's greatest military triumph and the greatest satisfaction for the residents of the liberated countries after years of suffering.

MintCzech Mint Mint MarkMonogram ČM Total Mintage99
Obverse
Niue / Gold Half Ounce 2015 Red Army Captures Berlin - obverse photo

At the centre of the obverse, 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. There are no designer's initials below the effigy.

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

The rim surrounding the portrait is ringed with graveyard crosses. In the outer rim, the Queen's legend, the face value and date of issue: ELIZABETH II · NIUE ISLAND · 25 DOLLARS · 2015 ·.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · NIUE ISLAND · 25 DOLLARS · 2015 ·
Reverse
Niue / Gold Half Ounce 2015 Red Army Captures Berlin - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows the iconic image of a soldier raising the Soviet flag over the building of the Reichstag (Parliament) in Berlin.

Around above, the inscription 30. DUBNA 1945 (30 April 1945). Around below, DOBYTÍ BERLÍNA - KUPOLE REICHSTAGU (Capture of Berlin - Cupola of the Reichstag).

Reverse Inscription 30. DUBNA 1945 DOBYTÍ BERLÍNA - KUPOLE REICHSTAGU
EdgePlain, inscribedEdge Inscription[serial number]
Issued in Set
End of World War II - 2015, mintage 99
4 coins: Liberation of Auschwitz, Battle of Iwo Jima, Red Army Captures Berlin, Prague Uprising
See also

Coins issued by the Czech Mint in 2015 for Niue to mark the end of World War II include:
- Gold Half Ounce 2015, Liberation of Auschwitz
- $5 Gold 2015, Liberation of Auschwitz
- Gold Half Ounce 2015, Battle of Iwo Jima
- $5 Gold 2015, Battle of Iwo Jima
- Gold Half Ounce 2015, Red Army Captures Berlin
- $5 Gold 2015, Red Army Captures Berlin
- Gold Half Ounce 2015, Prague Uprising
- $5 Gold 2015, Prague Uprising

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Gold Half Ounce 2015 Red Army Captures Berlin: Details
CountryNiue
CurrencyNiue Dollar
Coin TypeGold Half Ounce (1/2 oz)
Issued2015
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value25 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage99
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerJakub Orava
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size28.000 mm
Mass15.560 g
OCC IDMXKD-OKQC-DBPA-OWQJ
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