Gold Ounce 2021 Pac-Man, Coin from Niue - detailed information

Gold Ounce 2021 Pac-Man, Coin from Niue
CoinGold Ounce 2021 Pac-Man

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 specially shaped gold coin is part of a range of coins featuring the cult video game Pac-Man.

The popular arcade game originated in Japan and was first released on May 22, 1980. The plot of the game revolves around the eponymous protagonist PAC-MAN - a yellow, puck-shaped character whose task is to eat dots in a maze. While doing so, he is pursued by four colourful ghosts with big eyes, from which he must escape.

The shape of the coin represents the protagonist, as displayed on the low-resolution screens of the time. APMEX says about it:
"At 13 pixels high and 12 pixels wide, each PAC-MAN™ shaped coin is the exact number of pixels according to the specifications provided by BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. for the original 1980s classic arcade game. Each "pixel" is .1 inch by .1 inch. APMEX has brought this pixelated icon of gaming to life in three dimensions of .9999 fine purest gold."

MintAPMEX Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage500
Obverse
Niue / Gold Ounce 2021 Pac-Man - obverse photo

The obverse features the "Public Seal of Niue" (it has to be noted that this is not the official seal...) at its centre. It 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).

Above, the name of the issuing country: NIUE, below which the face value 250 DOLLARS. In smaller letters below that, the copyright acknowledgement PAC-MAN™ & ©BNEI (BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.) around below.

Below right, the date of issue 2021 and the weight and fineness 1 oz .9999 FINE AU (one troy ounce of 99.99% gold; Au is abbreviated from Aurum, the Latin word for gold).

Obverse Inscription NIUE 250 DOLLARS 2021
Reverse
Niue / Gold Ounce 2021 Pac-Man - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin features the blank side of the officially licensed pixel shaped PAC-MAN.

There is no inscription.

Reverse Inscription (none)
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated, special shape.
Packaging: in a protective capsule inside a special tin with a PAC-MAN branded cardboard sleeve and Certificate of Authenticity.

See also

Coins featuring Pac-Man themes and issued for Niue:
- 1 oz Gold, Pac-Man, 2020
- 1 oz Gold, Ms. Pac-Man, 2021
- 1 oz Gold Shaped, Pac-Man, 2021
- 1 oz Silver Bullion, Pac-Man, 2020
- 1 oz Silver Coloured, Pac-Man, 2020
- 1 oz Silver Bullion, Ms. Pac-Man, 2021
- 1 oz Silver Shaped, Pac-Man, 2021

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Gold Ounce 2021 Pac-Man: Details
CountryNiue
CurrencyNiue Dollar
Coin TypeGold Ounce (1 oz)
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyPublic Seal of Niue
Face Value250 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage500
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeIrregular
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size30.48 - 33.02 mm
Mass31.100 g
OCC IDQRAP-OBNC-XRKZ-OYJD
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