Gold Kilo 2011 Amber Road, Coin from Niue - detailed information

Gold Kilo 2011 Amber Road, Coin from Niue
CoinGold Kilo 2011 Amber Road

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 coins under the authority of Niue. Most of these are commemorative and collector issues dedicated to historical or general popular culture themes not related to Niue itself. Others are bullion coins in sizes based on the troy ounce, or metric - including the extremely large one kilogram of gold format (abbreviated as 1 kg Au, where "Au" comes from the Latin word for gold, Aurum). These gold coins are targeted at bullion investors and are released at prices close to the intrinsic value of their precious metal content.

This coin is part of a series by the Mint of Poland commemorating the Amber Road connecting North Europe to Italy.

The Amber Road (or Amber Route) was an ancient trade route for the transfer of amber from the coastal areas of Sicily and later from the North Sea and the Baltic Sea to the Mediterranean Sea. Prehistoric trade routes between Northern and Southern Europe were defined by the amber trade. As an important commodity, sometimes dubbed "the gold of the north", amber was transported from the North Sea and Baltic Sea coasts overland by way of the Vistula and Dnieper rivers to Italy, Greece, the Black Sea, Syria and Egypt over a period of thousands of years.

MintMint of Poland Mint MarkLetters MW Total Mintage12
Obverse
Niue / Gold Kilo 2011 Amber Road - obverse photo

At its centre, a Roman style covered wagon drawn by two horses, and a portrait of a man wearing a Roman helmet in the background.

Below left, a small portrait of Queen Elizabeth II - her Fourth definitive portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley. Below the effigy, the small MW mint mark of the Mint of Poland (m over W), for Mennica Warszawska (Mint of Warsaw).

To the right of the portrait, monarch's legend ELIZABETH II and the date of issue 2011. In larger letters to the right of that, the face value 10000 DOLLARS.

Around above, the inscription SZLAK BURSZTYNOWY in Polish (meaning Amber Road).

Around below, NIUE ISLAND.

Obverse Inscription SZLAK BURSZTYNOWY ELIZABETH II 2011 10000 DOLLARS NIUE ISLAND
Reverse
Niue / Gold Kilo 2011 Amber Road - reverse photo

The reverse if the coin shows a map of Europe highlighting some of the cities along the Amber Road, starting with KALININGRAD (modern name) on top to AQUILEA below, and the old names of some provinces.

There is one large amber inserted in the coin on the right, and eight smaller ones along the road.

Reverse Inscription (none)
EdgePlain, incuse inscribedEdge InscriptionIndividual number
Notes

Finish: proof, amber inserts, edge numbering.

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Gold Kilo 2011 Amber Road: Details
CountryNiue
CurrencyNiue Dollar
Coin TypeGold Kilo (1 kg)
Issued2011
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley (Uncouped version)
Face Value10000 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage12
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size90.000 mm
Mass1,000.000 g
OCC IDBVYX-OWRC-XPVK-EJZN
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Gold Kilo 2011 Amber Road: Photos
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Gold 1 kg Coin, Amber Route
Copyright: Mint of Poland
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Gold 1 kg Coin, Amber Route
Copyright: Mint of Poland
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Gold Kilo 2011 Amber Road: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsNiue KM# 708