Gold Ounce 2021 Galaga, Coin from Niue - detailed information

Gold Ounce 2021 Galaga, Coin from Niue
CoinGold Ounce 2021 Galaga

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 one ounce of gold (abbreviated as 1 oz Au, where "Au" comes from the Latin word for gold, Aurum).

This coin produced by APMEX marks 40 years of the classic arcade game Galaga.

Galaga is a space shooter and sequel to Galaxian, upon which many genre-defining enhancements were made. Players took control of Fighter, the special fighter spaceship at the bottom of the screen to face off against alien spaceships that appeared as a variety of sprites at the top of the screen and attacking down. Special boss units called Boss Galaga at the top of the enemy formation required two hits to destroy and could capture the player's fighter using a tractor beam. If the player then destroyed this boss unit the captured fighter would be released and the player would control two fighters on screen simultaneously!

With every new stage the enemy spaceships became faster and more aggressive leading to challenging game play. Galaga was released in 1981 to critical acclaim and is widely regarded as one of the classics of the arcade video game era.

MintAPMEX Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage 40
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Obverse
Niue / Gold Ounce 2021 Galaga - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin features the official Public Seal of Niue.

It has an inner circle of hiapo designs, representing the fonua (land), within which are stylised designs of a tree, representing life and tagata Niue (the people of Niue), surrounded by an outer circle in the form of a traditional Niuean garland of 14 seashells (representing the 14 villages of Niue), and crowned with St Edward's Crown (of the United Kingdom), representing the sovereign as head of state.

Around above between the two circles, the inscription PUBLIC SEAL OF NIUE. Below, a ribbon carries the motto ATUA NIUE TUKULAGI on two lines (meaning "God, Niue Eternally"), below which two crossed katoua (Niue fighting clubs).

Below the seal, the date of issue 2021.

The seal is surrounded by the depictions of two spaceships from the game. Above it, the inscription GALAGA1981.

In small letters around below, the precious metal content 1 oz .9999 Au (one troy ounce of 99.99% gold; Au is abbreviated from Aurum, the Latin word for gold), followed by the copyright acknowledgement GALAGA™ & © BNEI and the face value 250 Dollars.

Obverse Inscription PUBLIC SEAL OF NIUE 2021 250 Dollars
Reverse
Niue / Gold Ounce 2021 Galaga - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows at its centre the year when the game was released, 1981. Above that, the spaceship from the game.

Below, the logo Galaga™.

Reverse Inscription 1981 Galaga™
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated.
Packaging: in capsule, round tin with illustrated shipper, and a Certificate of Authenticity.

See also

There is also a silver ounce coin with the same design, and a coloured silver Galaga coin with a different design.

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Gold Ounce 2021 Galaga: Details
CountryNiue
CurrencyNiue Dollar
Coin TypeGold Ounce (1 oz)
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyPublic Seal of Niue
Face Value250 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage40
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size32.0000 mm
Mass31.1000 g
OCC IDYRVP-OVRC-WQJX-ODQG
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Gold Ounce 2021 Galaga: Photo 2021 Niue 1 oz Gold $250 GALAGA™ 40th Anniversary BU / thumbnail 2021 Niue 1 oz Gold $250 GALAGA™ 40th Anniversary BU
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Gold Ounce 2021 Galaga: Photo 2021 Niue 1 oz Gold $250 GALAGA™ 40th Anniversary BU / thumbnail 2021 Niue 1 oz Gold $250 GALAGA™ 40th Anniversary BU
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Gold Ounce 2021 Galaga: Photo 2021 Niue 1 oz Gold $250 GALAGA™ 40th Anniversary BU / thumbnail 2021 Niue 1 oz Gold $250 GALAGA™ 40th Anniversary BU
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