Gold Quarter Ounce 2019 Czechoslovak Airmen - Bristol Beaufighter, Coin from Niue - detailed information

Gold Quarter Ounce 2019 Czechoslovak Airmen - Bristol Beaufighter, Coin from Niue
CoinGold Quarter Ounce 2019 Czechoslovak Airmen - Bristol Beaufighter

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 pays tribute to the 68th Night Fighter Squadron RAF - depicting its first effective night fighter, the Bristol Beaufighter aircraft.

When the Luftwaffe launched the so-called "Blitz", which means a series of night bombing raids on English towns in September 1940, the Royal Air Force had no effective defence. The night pilots need to have good eyesight and a good dose of luck. The results of these risky actions, of course, did not match the effort, and therefore they began to quickly develop night fighter squadrons equipped with specialised technology - the on-board radar that was invented in Britain. Night fighter squadron RAF number 68 was established on 7 January 1941 and the first Czechoslovaks joined it in July of the same year. During the Second World War they fought not only against German aircraft, but also ships and missiles.

MintCzech Mint Mint MarkMonogram ČM Total Mintage400
Obverse
Niue / Gold Quarter Ounce 2019 Czechoslovak Airmen - Bristol Beaufighter - 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). The portrait is in a small circle above the centre; the rest of the centre is taken by the RAF 68 Squadron Roundel.

Around above, the monarch's legend, the date of issue and the value: NIUE ISLAND · ELIZABETH II · 10 DOLLARS · 2019 ·.

The legend is preceded by the mint mark of the Czech Mint - a crowned monogram of the letters ČM (Česká mincovna); after the legend, the designer's monogram ZF (for Zbyněk Fojtů).

Obverse Inscription · NIUE ISLAND · ELIZABETH II · 10 DOLLARS · 2019 ·
Reverse
Niue / Gold Quarter Ounce 2019 Czechoslovak Airmen - Bristol Beaufighter - reverse photo

The reverse design depicts a Bristol Beaufighter World War II-era night attack aircraft, as seen from above and from the side. Around above, the inscription BRISTOL BEUFIGHTER.

Reverse Inscription BRISTOL BEUFIGHTER
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

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

Issued in Set
Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF - 98th Squadron, Gold, mintage 400
4 coins: 1/4 oz Gold, 68th Squadron Badge, 1/4 oz Gold, Bristol Beaufighter, 1/4 oz Gold, RAF Aces, 1/4 oz Gold, Combat Deployment
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Gold Quarter Ounce 2019 Czechoslovak Airmen - Bristol Beaufighter: Details
CountryNiue
CurrencyNiue Dollar
Coin TypeGold Quarter Ounce (1/4 oz)
Issued2019
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 IDGAVP-EXAC-PVQG-OMDY
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