Gold Ounce 2021 Icons of Inspiration - Galileo, Coin from Niue - detailed information

Gold Ounce 2021 Icons of Inspiration - Galileo, Coin from Niue
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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 is the first issue in the Icons of Inspiration series by APMEX and is dedicated to Italian philosopher, astronomer and mathematician Galileo.

The coin was designed by renowned coin designer Joel Iskowitz and features an image of the astronomer and physicist with a telescope. In the foreground, a globe and the moon are depicted. Below his portrait is the signature of the famous scientist.

Galileo Galilei's observations supported the heliocentric view of the solar system, which Nicolaus Copernicus had also previously advocated. Although Galileo was able to prove his theses with the help of his scientific research, they were initially suppressed because they contradicted the world view taught by the church. It was not until 1757 - long after his death on January 8, 1642 - that Galileo Galilei's teachings were recognised. In addition to astronomy, Galileo also made numerous discoveries in the field of physics - including the laws of motion, which are still fundamental to modern kinematics."

MintAPMEX Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage100
Obverse
Niue / Gold Ounce 2021 Icons of Inspiration - Galileo - obverse photo

Within a beaded border, the reverse features a triumphant image of a muse, arm extended toward the sun, with the seal of the nation of Niue held in her left hand.

The seal has what looks like a plant arrangement at centre, within a double ornamental circle, itself surrounded by a circle of sea shells. This is crowned with St Edward's Crown (of the United Kingdom). Around above between the two, the inscription PUBLIC SEAL OF NIUE. Below that, a ribbon carries the motto ATUA NIUE TUKULAGI on two lines, below which two crossed katoua (Niue fighting clubs).

On two lines to the left, the face value of the coin: 250 DOLLARS. Below, the date of issue 2021.

In small letters above the date, designer's initials JI (for Joel Iskowitz).

Around above, twenty-two five-pointed stars; below the last of them, the engraver's monogram (?).

Around left, the precious metal content: 1 TROY OZ .9999 GOLD.

Obverse Inscription 250 DOLLARS 2021 PUBLIC SEAL OF NIUE
Reverse
Niue / Gold Ounce 2021 Icons of Inspiration - Galileo - reverse photo

The reverse depicts Galileo holding a refracting telescope, one of his most famous innovations, alongside a globe and the moon. A rendition of his signature is below: Galileo Galilei.

On Galileo's left shoulder, the engraver's monogram (?).

Reverse Inscription Galileo Galilei
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: bullion (Brilliant Unciculated).
Packaging: in display box, with numbered Certificate of Authenticity..

See also

There is also a silver one-ounce coin with the same design.

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Gold Ounce 2021 Icons of Inspiration - Galileo: Details
CountryNiue
CurrencyNiue Dollar
Coin TypeGold Ounce (1 oz)
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyPublic Seal of Niue
Face Value250 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage100
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerJoel Iskowitz
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeVaries
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size39.000 mm
Mass31.100 g
OCC IDANMQ-EPYC-WWWM-OJYG
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