Gold Tenth-Ounce 2021 Mythical Creatures - Hydra, Coin from Niue - detailed information

Gold Tenth-Ounce 2021 Mythical Creatures - Hydra, Coin from Niue
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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 is part of the Mythical Creatures series of premium bullion coins by the Czech Mint and features the legendary Hydra.

The Mint says about it:
The fifth silver coin from the collector's series Mythical Creatures of the Czech Mint represents a hydra. According to Greek mythology, the parents of the Lernaean Hydra were the giant Typhon and Echidna, who was half female and half snake. The venomous snake monster had countless heads, and when it lost one, two new ones suddenly sprouted in its place. No wonder its killing became the second of the twelve impossible tasks that King Eurystheus assigned to the legendary Heracles.

This demigod also needed help in the fight. The goddess of wisdom Athena advised him to use incendiary arrows to lure the hydra out of hiding place. Heracles' nephew Iolaus then set fire to the surrounding forest and handed his uncle burning branches, because no new head had grown on the site of the burnt head. However, the monster was still alive - its last severed head was immortal, so Heracles hid her under the stone where she sleeps to this day... Therefore, the name of the hydra has become synonymous with the endless struggle with evil.

MintCzech Mint Mint MarkMonogram ČM Total Mintage500
Obverse
Niue / Gold Tenth-Ounce 2021 Mythical Creatures - Hydra - 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: ELIZABETH II · 2021 · NIUE ISLAND · 5 DOLLARS ·.

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

The legend is in a style reminiscent of Ancient Greek script. The rim around the inscription is wide and is decorated with a Hellenic (Ancient Greek) geometric pattern.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · 2021 · NIUE ISLAND · 5 DOLLARS ·
Reverse
Niue / Gold Tenth-Ounce 2021 Mythical Creatures - Hydra - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows the mythical seven-headed Hydra.

Below right, the monogram of the designer, Asamat Baltaev.

Below, the inscription HYDRA. The inscription is in a style reminiscent of Ancient Greek script. The rim around the inscription is wide and is decorated with an Ancient Greek geometric pattern.

Reverse Inscription HYDRA
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: proof.
Packaging: in protective capsule and black leather case, with Certificate of Authenticity in Czech, Slovak and English.
Czech Mint Product Code: 75772-611
Date of issue: March 2021
Issue price: 7,490 CZK, 294.00 EUR

See also

Coins in the Mythical Creatures series include:
- 1/10 oz Gold, Dragon 2020
- 1 oz Silver, Dragon 2020
- 1/10 oz Gold, Phoenix 2020
- 1 oz Silver, Phoenix 2020
- 1/10 oz Gold, Griffin 2020
- 1 oz Silver, Griffin 2020
- 1/10 oz Gold, Harpy 2020
- 1 oz Silver, Harpy 2020
- 1/10 oz Gold, Hydra 2021
- 1 oz Silver, Hydra 2021
- 1/10 oz Gold, Unicorn 2021
- 1 oz Silver, Unicorn 2021
- 1/10 oz Gold, Cerberus 2021
- 1 oz Silver, Cerberus 2021

All (30) 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 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 2021 Mythical Creatures - Hydra: Details
CountryNiue
CurrencyNiue Dollar
Coin TypeGold Tenth Ounce (1/10 oz)
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value5 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage500
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerAsamat Baltaev
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size16.000 mm
Mass3.110 g
OCC IDDKLM-OMKC-YKGK-ONZB
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