Gold Quarter Ounce 2018 Czechoslovak Airmen - KX-B Landing, Coin from Niue - detailed information

Gold Quarter Ounce 2018 Czechoslovak Airmen - KX-B Landing, Coin from Niue
CoinGold Quarter Ounce 2018 Czechoslovak Airmen - KX-B Landing

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 quarter ounce of gold (abbreviated as 1/4 oz Au, where "Au" comes from the Latin word for gold, Aurum).

This coin was issued as part of a four-coin set commemorating Czechoslovak airmen who fought as part of the Royal Air Force (RAF) during World War II, and marks emergency landing of the KX-B airplane.

The Mint says about it:
The 2018 coins in the set commemorate significant events: the first deployment of the 310th fighter wing in the Battle of Britain, the emergency landing of the KX-B airplane, the Stonewall operation that sank the German blockade breaker SS Alsterufer, together with the triumphant return of the Czechoslovaks to their homeland. On the obverse side of each there is an inscription marking all dates related to the individual reverse sides.

What was the fate of the airplane with the call sign KX-B? The Wellington bomber serving at the 311th Czechoslovak bomber wing set out on its sixth air strike at the end of December 1941, targeting the Wilhelmshaven port in northern Germany. Heavy anti-aircraft gunfire supported by dozens of searchlights protected the docks, and the Wellington was hit. Still, it was able to fly and headed back to England. However, the situation worsened halfway between the Netherlands and Great Britain, when the aircraft lost its engine and became completely uncontrollable. The crew managed an emergency landing on the surface of the turbulent North Sea. Five of the six men made it to the lifeboat, and spent six days and six nights in it. Only three of them made it to the sea coast of the Netherlands at the beginning of 1942. They later survived Nazi captivity.

MintCzech Mint Mint MarkMonogram ČM Total Mintage400
Obverse
Niue / Gold Quarter Ounce 2018 Czechoslovak Airmen - KX-B Landing - 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: NIUE ISLAND · ELIZABETH II · 10 DOLLARS · 2018 ·.

Below the portrait and to the left, the mint mark of the Czech Mint - a crowned monogram of the letters ČM (Česká mincovna).

In a second circle around the rim, the dates 26. 8. 1940 ··· 28. 12. 1941 ··· 27. 12. 1943 ··· 13. 8. 1945 ···.

Obverse Inscription NIUE ISLAND · ELIZABETH II · 10 DOLLARS · 2018 ·
Reverse
Niue / Gold Quarter Ounce 2018 Czechoslovak Airmen - KX-B Landing - reverse photo

The reverse design depicts a bomber falling into the sea. Below, three airmen in a dinghy (First pilot Sgt. Alois Siska, wireless operator F/O Josef Scerba and front gunner Sgt. Pavel Svoboda).

The designer's monogram ZF (for Zbyněk Fojtů) is on the left.

Around below, the inscription NOUZOVÉ PŘISTÁNÍ KX-B (in Czech: emergency landing of KX-B).

Reverse Inscription NOUZOVÉ PŘISTÁNÍ KX-B
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Issued in Set
Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF - Significant Events, Gold, mintage 400
4 coins: 1/4 oz Gold Battle of Britain, 1/4 oz Gold KX-B Landing, 1/4 oz Gold Operation Stonewall, 1/4 oz Gold Czechoslovak Airmen Return Home
See also

There is also a silver half ounce with the same design.

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Gold Quarter Ounce 2018 Czechoslovak Airmen - KX-B Landing: Details
CountryNiue
CurrencyNiue Dollar
Coin TypeGold Quarter Ounce (1/4 oz)
Issued2018
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value10 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage400
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerZbyněk Fojtů
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size22.000 mm
Mass7.780 g
OCC IDBVYX-OWRC-XVVZ-EJZN
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