Gold Half Ounce 2020 Czech Lion, Coin from Niue - detailed information

Gold Half Ounce 2020 Czech Lion, Coin from Niue
CoinGold Half Ounce 2020 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 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 the "Czech Lion" series of gold and silver coins, minted since 2017. World bullion coins are often dedicated to national symbols, therefore the "Czech Lion", which is the first issue of its kind intended for the Czech market, is not an exception. The weight of this gold coin by the Czech Mint is one half of a troy ounce.

The Mint says about it:
Every Czech knows that a two-tailed lion is the dominant heraldic animal of the Czech Republic. But how did this exotic beast get into the emblem of a country situated in the heart of Europe? The legend of Bruncvík, the mythical prince, who left his beloved woman and set out in the world to seek honour and glory, provides a hint. When he was shipwrecked in far Africa, he helped the animal king to fight the beast. Since then the grateful lion followed him, they experienced many adventures and won a miracle sword. Bruncvík returned to the Czech lands after seven long years and fought for the heart of his beloved one. They lived happily until death, and immortalised the faithful lion on the banner.

Old chroniclers offer more plausible explanations, but they like to colour their stories, so you can find a number of discrepancies there. The first truly documented Czech lion was a symbol of the Přemyslid dynasty and appeared on the equestrian seal of Vladislav Henry in 1203. The lion became the national symbol during the reign of Ottokar II of Bohemia, the Iron and Golden King.

The Czech Mint reworked all variants of investment coins in 2020, but the main idea remained. In addition to the Czech lion in a not-traditionally realistic presentation, the reverse side of the gold coin presents two more symbols of Czech statehood - the St Wenceslas crown on the head of a two-tailed beast, and an eagle on the shield, which is a synthesis of the St Wenceslas, Moravian and Silesian birds of prey.

MintCzech Mint Mint MarkMonogram ČM Total Mintage1,000
Obverse
Niue / Gold Half Ounce 2020 Czech Lion - 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 25 DOLLARS 2020.

The date is surrounded by sprigs of linden - the Czech national tree. Below the date, the mint mark of the Czech Mint - a crowned monogram of the letters ČM (Česká mincovna).

Obverse Inscription NIUE ISLAND ELIZABETH II 25 DOLLARS 2020
Reverse
Niue / Gold Half Ounce 2020 Czech Lion - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin represents a realistic depiction of a lion walking to left and facing the viewer, crowned with the crown of St Wenceslas (Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia between 921 and 935).

The background has the shape of a shield, on which an eagle outline is the symbol 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).

Around left and right, facing outward, the inscription ČESKÁ REPUBLIKA (Czech Republic). Horizontally above, the precious metal content: 1/2oz Au 999.9 (one half of a troy ounce of 99.99% gold; Au is abbreviated from "Aurum", the Latin word for gold).

In the lower left, the designer's monogram. Below left and right, sprigs of linden - the Czech national tree.

Reverse Inscription ČESKÁ REPUBLIKA 1/2oz Au 999.9
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: bullion (Brilliant Uncirculated).
Packaging: in individual capsule.
Czech Mint Product Code: 75700-610
Date of issue: January 2020
Issue price: 26,950 CZK

975 individual coin and 25 in sets.

Issued in Set
Czech Lion 2020 Seven Coin Gold Set, mintage 25
7 coins: 1 kg Gold, 10 oz Gold, 5 oz Gold, 1 oz Gold, 1/2 oz Gold, 1/4 oz Gold, 1/25 oz Gold
See also

Coins in the Czech Lion series issued in 2020 include:
- 1 kg Gold, Czech Lion 2020
- 10 oz Gold, Czech Lion 2020
- 5 oz Gold, Czech Lion 2020
- 1 oz Gold, Czech Lion 2020
- 1/2 oz Gold, Czech Lion 2020
- 1/4 oz Gold, Czech Lion 2020
- 1/25 oz Gold, Czech Lion 2020
- 1 kg Silver, Czech Lion 2020
- 10 oz Silver, Czech Lion 2020
- 5 oz Silver, Czech Lion 2020
- 2 oz Silver, Czech Lion 2020
- 1 oz Silver, Czech Lion 2020

All (29) coins of type: Silver Half Ounce (1/2 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Silver Half Ounce 2013 Olympics - David Svoboda 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II. 1 DOLLAR NIUE ISLAND 2013
Silver Half Ounce 2013 Olympics - Barbora Špotáková 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II. 1 DOLLAR NIUE ISLAND 2013
Silver Half Ounce 2013 Olympics - Mirka Knapková 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II. 1 DOLLAR NIUE ISLAND 2013
Silver Half Ounce 2013 Paralympics - Jiří Ježek 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II. 1 DOLLAR NIUE ISLAND 2013
Silver Half Ounce 2013 Camille de Rohan 800 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · NIUE ISLAND 1 DOLLAR 2013
Silver Half Ounce 2013 Henri II de Rohan 800 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · NIUE ISLAND 1 DOLLAR 2013
Silver Half Ounce 2013 Louis René de Rohan 800 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · NIUE ISLAND 1 DOLLAR 2013
Silver Half Ounce 2013 Marie de Rohan 800 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · NIUE ISLAND 1 DOLLAR 2013
Silver Half Ounce 2014 Hynek of Kunštát 800 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II. · · NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR · 2014 ·
Silver Half Ounce 2014 Viktorin of Kunštát 800 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II. · · NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR · 2014 ·
Silver Half Ounce 2014 King George of Poděbrady 800 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II. · · NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR · 2014 ·
Silver Half Ounce 2014 Charles I of Münsterberg 800 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II. · · NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR · 2014 ·
Silver Half Ounce 2015 Vilém of Pernštejn and Helfštejn 800 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II. NIUE ISLAND 1 DOLLAR · 2015
Silver Half Ounce 2015 Jan IV of Pernštejn 800 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II. NIUE ISLAND 1 DOLLAR · 2015
Silver Half Ounce 2015 Vratislav II of Pernštejn 800 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II. NIUE ISLAND 1 DOLLAR · 2015
Silver Half Ounce 2015 María Manrique de Lara y Mendoza 800 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II. NIUE ISLAND 1 DOLLAR · 2015
Silver Half Ounce 2016 Plichta of Žerotín 800 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait 2016 ELIZABETH II · NIUE ISLAND 1 DOLLAR
Silver Half Ounce 2016 Charles the Elder of Žerotín 800 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait 2016 ELIZABETH II · NIUE ISLAND 1 DOLLAR
Silver Half Ounce 2016 Elizabeth Juliana of Žerotín 800 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait 2016 ELIZABETH II · NIUE ISLAND 1 DOLLAR
Silver Half Ounce 2016 Charles Emmanuel of Žerotín 800 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait 2016 ELIZABETH II · NIUE ISLAND 1 DOLLAR
Silver Half Ounce 2017 John of Rosenthal 150 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND 1 DOLLAR 2017
Silver Half Ounce 2017 Lev of Rosenthal 150 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND 1 DOLLAR 2017
Silver Half Ounce 2017 Johanka of Rosenthal 150 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND 1 DOLLAR 2017
Silver Half Ounce 2017 Zdenek Lev of Rosenthal 150 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND 1 DOLLAR 2017
Silver Half Ounce 2018 Czechoslovak Airmen - Battle of Britain 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NIUE ISLAND · ELIZABETH II · 1 DOLLAR · 2018 ·
Silver Half Ounce 2018 Czechoslovak Airmen - KX-B Landing 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NIUE ISLAND · ELIZABETH II · 1 DOLLAR · 2018 ·
Silver Half Ounce 2018 Czechoslovak Airmen - Stonewall 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NIUE ISLAND · ELIZABETH II · 1 DOLLAR · 2018 ·
Silver Half Ounce 2018 Czechoslovak Airmen - Return Home 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NIUE ISLAND · ELIZABETH II · 1 DOLLAR · 2018 ·
Gold Half Ounce 2020 Czech Lion 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NIUE ISLAND ELIZABETH II 25 DOLLARS 2020
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Gold Half Ounce 2020 Czech Lion: Details
CountryNiue
CurrencyNiue Dollar
Coin TypeGold Half Ounce (1/2 oz)
Issued2020
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
ReverseCzech Lion
Face Value25 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage1,000
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerAsamat Baltaev
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size28.000 mm
Mass15.560 g
OCC IDLBRP-ERRC-ZMML-EMNY
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