Gold Tenth-Ounce 2014 King George of Poděbrady, Coin from Niue - detailed information

Gold Tenth-Ounce 2014 King George of Poděbrady, Coin from Niue
CoinGold Tenth-Ounce 2014 King George of Poděbrady

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 tenth ounce of gold (abbreviated as 1/10 oz Au, where "Au" comes from the Latin word for gold, Aurum).

This coin was issued as part of a set of four gold coins featuring the Lords of Kunštát and Poděbrady (Kunstat and Podebrady) noble family and is dedicated to King George of Poděbrady.

The Mint says about it:
"In the framework of its long-term educational project "In the Footsteps of Noble Families", the National Heritage Institute declared 2014 as The Year of the Lords of Kunstat. This noble family was chosen because in 2014 we commemorate the 550th anniversary of completion of several related diplomatic missions sent by King George of Podebrady to western royal courts.

The Czech Mint therefore prepared a set of four pure gold coins denominated 5 NZD which are dedicated to four noted members of the family: Hynek of Kunstat, George of Kunstat and Podebrady, Charles I of Münsterberg and Viktorin of Kunstat and Podebrady.

The drawing of the design was entrusted to academic sculptor Michal Vitanovský. The reverse sides of the coins brilliantly portray the individual noblemen along with their names and years of death.

The lords of Kunstat and Podebrady rank among the most significant noble families which ruled in particular in Moravia. The Kunstat line of the family died out in 1414 and on the basis of a family agreement their property was inherited by the Podebrady branch of the family. This huge fortune strengthened the position of George of Kunstat and Podebrady and it helped him gain a strong position among the Czech Utraquist nobility and, afterwards, in 1458, be elected to the Czech royal throne."

MintCzech Mint Mint MarkMonogram ČM Total Mintage500
Niue / Gold Tenth-Ounce 2014 King George of Poděbrady - obverse photo

In the upper half of the obverse, 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. There are no designer's initials below the effigy.

Around above left, ELIZABETH II·; around above right, NIUE ISLAND. Below the effigy, the date of issue 2014, below which decorative motifs resembling the windows of a Medieval cathedral. To the left of those, the mint mark of the Czech Mint - a crowned monogram of the letters ČM (Česká mincovna).

On two lines below, the face value 5 DOLLARS.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II· NIUE ISLAND 2014 5 DOLLARS
Niue / Gold Tenth-Ounce 2014 King George of Poděbrady - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows the crowned portrait of King George of Poděbrady.

George of Kunštát and Podebrady (23 April 1420 - 22 March 1471), also known as Poděbrad or Podiebrad (Czech: Jiří z Poděbrad; German: Georg von Podiebrad), was the sixteenth King of Bohemia, who ruled from 1458 to 1471. He was a leader of the Hussites, however, moderate and tolerant toward the Catholic faith. His rule was marked by great efforts to preserve peace and tolerance between the Hussites and Catholics in the religiously divided Crown of Bohemia - hence his contemporary nicknames: "King of two peoples" (Czech: král dvojího lidu) and "Friend of peace" (přítel míru).

Around below, the inscription reads JIŘÍ Z KUNŠTÁTU A PODĚBRAD (George of Kunštát and Poděbrady). Around above right, the year of his death: + 1471.

Reverse Inscription JIŘÍ Z KUNŠTÁTU A PODĚBRAD + 1471
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Issued in Set
Kunštát and Poděbrady Noble Family - Gold Coin Set, mintage 500
4 coins: 1/10oz Gold, Hynek of Kunštát, 1/10oz Gold, Viktorin of Kunštát, 1/10oz Gold, King George of Poděbrady, 1/10oz Gold, Charles I of Münsterberg
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There is also a silver half ounce coin featuring King George of Poděbrady.

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Gold Tenth-Ounce 2014 King George of Poděbrady: Details
CurrencyNiue Dollar
Coin TypeGold Tenth Ounce (1/10 oz)
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value5 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage500
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerMichal Vitanovský
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size16.000 mm
Mass3.110 g
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