Gold Half Ounce 2021 Czech Lion, Coin from Niue - detailed information

Gold Half Ounce 2021 Czech Lion, Coin from Niue
CoinGold Half Ounce 2021 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 mintage 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 legend of Bruncvík, a mythical prince who travelled to Africa, where he helped the animal king to fight the dragon, belongs to the most famous stories of how an exotic lion became a symbol of the Czech land. Old chroniclers offer a more plausible explanation. According to them, Emperor Frederick Barbarossa rewarded Prince Vladislaus II with a royal crown and a new heraldic animal, which replaced the previous eagle in 1158.

The lion represented the knight's virtues, strength and courage, which were demonstrated by Vladislaus during the conquest of Milan in the imperial service. And how did the heraldic beast come to its second tail? Heroism played a key role again. King Ottokar I of Bohemia helped Emperor Otto IV. in the fight against the Saxons in 1204, and the Czech lion received a second tail for it, which distinguished it from the beasts of other nations and provided it with a unique prestige. However, medieval writers liked to colour their stories, therefore they are not a reliable source of information. The first verifiable Czech lion was a symbol of the Přemyslid dynasty and appears on the equestrian seal of Vladislaus Henry from 1203. Only Ottokar II, the Iron and Golden King, placed the lion on the coat of arms.

All variants of the bullion coin were reworked in 2021, but the main idea remains. The reverse sides are dominated by the Czech lion in a non-traditionally realistic rendering, with the St. Wenceslas Crown on its head. The obverse sides bear an eagle on a shield, which is a synthesis of St. Wenceslas, Moravian and Silesian predators.

The author is medal maker Asamat Baltaev, DiS, who also designed earlier the coins in the series. Since the Czech Mint's coins are licensed by a foreign issuer, the island of Niue, their obverse sides bear its necessary attributes - the name and portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, the year of issue 2021 and the nominal value of 50 dollars (NZD).

The Czech Mint says that "While investment coins of foreign mints are minted in millions of pieces, the emission limit of coins minted in the Czech Republic is counted in hundreds or thousands. This fact increases the potential for appreciation of investment and adds a collector's dimension. Thanks to the artistic processing, the coin will also serve perfectly as an original and valuable gift - for graduation, wedding, the birth of a child or just for fun..."

MintCzech Mint Mint MarkMonogram ČM Total Mintage1,500
Niue / Gold Half Ounce 2021 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: ELIZABETH II · NIUE ISLAND · 25 DOLLARS · 2021.

The effigy and legend are in a small circle in the centre of the obverse. The wide rim around it has a relief pattern of a "flaming eagle" on a shield, representing 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).

In the lower right, the mint mark of the Czech Mint - a crowned monogram of the letters ČM (Česká mincovna).

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · NIUE ISLAND · 25 DOLLARS · 2021
Niue / Gold Half Ounce 2021 Czech Lion - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin represents a realistic depiction of a lion's head, crowned with the crown of St Wenceslas (Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia between 921 and 935).

Around left, facing outward, the inscription ČESKÁ REPUBLIKA (Czech Republic). Around right, 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 right, the designer's monogram is overlaid on the lion's mane.

Below right, a sprig of linden - the Czech national tree.

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

1,470 individual coins plus 30 in seven-coin set.
Finish: bullion (Brilliant Uncirculated).
Packaging: in individual capsule.
Product Code: 75969-610
Date of issue: February 2021
Issue price: 26,896 CZK, 1,040.30 EUR

Issued in Set
Czech Lion 2021 Seven Coin Gold Set, mintage 30
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 2021 include:
- 1 oz Palladium, Czech Lion 2021
- 1 oz Platinum, Czech Lion 2021
- 1 kg Gold, Czech Lion 2021
- 10 oz Gold, Czech Lion 2021
- 5 oz Gold, Czech Lion 2021
- 1 oz Gold, Czech Lion 2021
- 1/2 oz Gold, Czech Lion 2021
- 1/4 oz Gold, Czech Lion 2021
- 1/25 oz Gold, Czech Lion 2021
- 1 kg Silver, Czech Lion 2021
- 10 oz Silver, Czech Lion 2021
- 5 oz Silver, Czech Lion 2021
- 2 oz Silver, Czech Lion 2021
- 1 oz Silver, Czech Lion 2021

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Gold Half Ounce 2021 Czech Lion: Details
CurrencyNiue Dollar
Coin TypeGold Half Ounce (1/2 oz)
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
ReverseCzech Lion
Face Value25 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage1,500
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerAsamat Baltaev
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size28.000 mm
Mass15.560 g
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