Gold Tenth-Ounce 2015 Vratislav II of Pernštejn, Coin from Niue - detailed information

Gold Tenth-Ounce 2015 Vratislav II of Pernštejn, Coin from Niue
CoinGold Tenth-Ounce 2015 Vratislav II of Pernštejn

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 four-coin gold proof set by the Czech Mint, featuring the Lords of Pernštejn noble family.

The Mint says about it:
The Pernštejns were at the turn of the 15th and 16th centuries one of the most powerful and at the same time one of the richest lineages in the country and always played an important role in the politics of the Kingdom of Bohemia.

The first written mention of the Lords of Pernštejn is from the 13th century in the region of southern Moravia. Their admirable creative energy and determination was soon the cause of big influence on the development of the Kingdom and their exceptional fortune. In eastern Bohemia they had a major impact on the economy and even the landscape - they founded a system of ponds and irrigation ditches, many of which still exist today. The Pernštejns were also renowned for their longevity and fertility. Despite this fact, the male line of the family died out in 1631, followed fifteen years later by the last female member. Their heirs became the Lobkowiczs.

Vratislav II of Pernštejn (Vratislav II of Pernstein; 9th July 1530 - 20th October 1582), who is depicted on this coin, was a skilful diplomat and high chancellor of the Bohemian Kingdom. As a young man he became friends with the future Emperor Maximilian II in Vienna. A strong friendship was formed between the two noblemen and due to that fact, Vratislav was moving in very high circles. He was married to a Spanish noblewoman, María Manrique de Lara y Mendoza, maid of honour of the future Empress Maria of Spain, who bore him 21 children. Vratislav was known for his generous support of the sciences and arts.

MintCzech Mint Mint MarkMonogram ČM Total Mintage500
Obverse
Niue / Gold Tenth-Ounce 2015 Vratislav II of Pernštejn - 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. To the left of the effigy, the date of issue 2015; below, decorative motifs. 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 2015 5 DOLLARS
Reverse
Niue / Gold Tenth-Ounce 2015 Vratislav II of Pernštejn - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows the portrait of Vratislav II of Pernštejn.

Around left, the inscription reads VRATISLAV Z PERNŠTEJNA; around above right, the dates of his life: 1530 · 1582.

Reverse Inscription VRATISLAV Z PERNŠTEJNA 1530 · 1582
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Issued in Set
Lords of Pernštejn Noble Family - Gold Coin Set, mintage 500
4 coins: 1/10oz Gold, Vilém of Pernštejn and Helfštejn, 1/10oz Gold, Jan IV of Pernštejn, 1/10oz Gold, Vratislav II of Pernštejn, 1/10oz Gold, María Manrique de Lara y Mendoza
See also

There is also a silver coin featuring Vratislav II of Pernštejn, with a different design.

All (38) coins of type: Gold Tenth Ounce (1/10 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2013 Marie de Rohan 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NIUE ISLAND ELIZABETH II. 250 CENTS
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2013 Louis René de Rohan 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NIUE ISLAND ELIZABETH II. 250 CENTS
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2013 Camille de Rohan 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NIUE ISLAND ELIZABETH II. 250 CENTS
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2013 Henri II de Rohan 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NIUE ISLAND ELIZABETH II. 250 CENTS
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2014 Hynek of Kunštát 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II· NIUE ISLAND 2014 5 DOLLARS
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2014 Viktorin of Kunštát 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II· NIUE ISLAND 2014 5 DOLLARS
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2014 King George of Poděbrady 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II· NIUE ISLAND 2014 5 DOLLARS
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2014 Charles I of Münsterberg 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II· NIUE ISLAND 2014 5 DOLLARS
Five Dollars Gold 2015 Liberation of Auschwitz 200 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · NIUE ISLAND · FIVE DOLLARS · 2015 ·
Five Dollars Gold 2015 Battle of Iwo Jima 200 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · NIUE ISLAND · FIVE DOLLARS · 2015 ·
Five Dollars Gold 2015 Red Army Captures Berlin 200 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · NIUE ISLAND · FIVE DOLLARS · 2015 ·
Five Dollars Gold 2015 Prague Uprising 200 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · NIUE ISLAND · FIVE DOLLARS · 2015 ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2015 Vilém of Pernštejn and Helfštejn 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II· NIUE ISLAND 2015 5 DOLLARS
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2015 Jan IV of Pernštejn 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II· NIUE ISLAND 2015 5 DOLLARS
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2015 Vratislav II of Pernštejn 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II· NIUE ISLAND 2015 5 DOLLARS
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2015 María Manrique de Lara y Mendoza 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II· NIUE ISLAND 2015 5 DOLLARS
Five Dollars Gold 2015 Czech Traditions - Falconry 400 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II. 2015 NIUE ISLAND · 5 DOLLARS
Five Dollars Gold 2015 Czech Traditions - Slovácko Verbuňk 400 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II. 2015 NIUE ISLAND · 5 DOLLARS
Five Dollars Gold 2015 Czech Traditions - Masopust 400 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II. 2015 NIUE ISLAND · 5 DOLLARS
Five Dollars Gold 2015 Czech Traditions - Ride of the Kings 400 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II. 2015 NIUE ISLAND · 5 DOLLARS
Five Dollars Gold 2015 Czech Traditions - Parading the Judas 400 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II. 2015 NIUE ISLAND · 5 DOLLARS
Five Dollars Gold 2015 Czech Traditions - Kladruby Horse Breeding 400 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II. 2015 NIUE ISLAND · 5 DOLLARS
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2016 Charles IV - Achievements 700 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II· NIUE ISLAND 5 DOLLARS 2016
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2016 Blanche of Valois 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II· NIUE ISLAND 5 DOLLARS 2016
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2016 Hunger Wall 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II· NIUE ISLAND 5 DOLLARS 2016
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2016 Charles University 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II· NIUE ISLAND 5 DOLLARS 2016
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2016 Plichta of Žerotín 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait 2016 ELIZABETH II · NIUE ISLAND 5 DOLLARS
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2016 Charles the Elder of Žerotín 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait 2016 ELIZABETH II · NIUE ISLAND 5 DOLLARS
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2016 Elizabeth Juliana of Žerotín 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait 2016 ELIZABETH II · NIUE ISLAND 5 DOLLARS
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2016 Charles Emmanuel of Žerotín 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait 2016 ELIZABETH II · NIUE ISLAND 5 DOLLARS
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2020 Guardian Angel 300 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 5 DOLLARS 2020 ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2020 Mythical Creatures - Dragon 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · 2020 · NIUE ISLAND · 5 DOLLARS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2020 Mythical Creatures - Phoenix 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · 2020 · NIUE ISLAND · 5 DOLLARS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2020 Mythical Creatures - Griffin 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · 2020 · NIUE ISLAND · 5 DOLLARS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2020 Mythical Creatures - Harpy 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · 2020 · NIUE ISLAND · 5 DOLLARS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2021 Mythical Creatures - Hydra 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · 2021 · NIUE ISLAND · 5 DOLLARS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2021 Mythical Creatures - Unicorn 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · 2021 · NIUE ISLAND · 5 DOLLARS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2021 Mythical Creatures - Cerberus 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · 2021 · NIUE ISLAND · 5 DOLLARS ·
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Gold Tenth-Ounce 2015 Vratislav II of Pernštejn: Details
CountryNiue
CurrencyNiue Dollar
Coin TypeGold Tenth Ounce (1/10 oz)
Issued2015
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value5 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage500
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerMichal Vitanovský
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size16.000 mm
Mass3.110 g
OCC IDAPVZ-OYRC-JWBK-ELMD
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