Gold Tenth-Ounce 2023 Wonders of the World - Colossus of Rhodes, Coin from Niue - detailed information

Gold Tenth-Ounce 2023 Wonders of the World - Colossus of Rhodes, Coin from Niue
CoinGold Tenth-Ounce 2023 Wonders of the World - Colossus of Rhodes

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 Seven Wonders of the Ancient World series by the Czech Mint, and depicts the Colossus of Rhodes.

The mint says about it:
The island of Rhodes lies off the coast of Asia Minor. In ancient mythology, it was the chosen land of the god Helios, who raised it from the bottom of the sea. The locals were fabulously wealthy, culturally advanced and also very religious. Because they held their sun deity in high esteem, they erected an unprecedented monument in the form of a gigantic statue to him to thank you for his help in fighting the Greek invaders. The so-called Colossus of Rhodes was created by the sculptor Chares of Lindus, a pupil of Lysippus himself, from thirteen tons of bronze and eight tons of iron. An embankment was gradually built up around the structure and the material was carried up a spiral ramp. The construction lasted approximately twelve years, and in each year the statue grew by three metres.

Today, no one knows exactly what the final work looked like. Some scholars believe that Helios stood straddling two opposite quays of the harbour, so that ships wishing to dock in Lindos had to undercut it. More likely, however, is that the statue stood at the edge of the city. Whatever the reddish-brown giant looked like, he had only been impressing sailors for sixty-six years. Then, in a massive earthquake, it broke at the knees and crashed into the sea. "Even lying still, he was a miracle," wrote the historian Pliny. The sophistication of the ancient builders is evidenced by the fact that the Statue of Liberty, which was built two thousand years later, has the same design as the ancient wonder of the world.

MintCzech Mint Mint MarkMonogram ČM Total Mintage 2,400
Obverse
Niue / Gold Tenth-Ounce 2023 Wonders of the World - Colossus of Rhodes - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin features the official Public Seal of Niue.

It has an inner circle of hiapo designs, representing the fonua (land), within which are stylised designs of a tree, representing life and tagata Niue (the people of Niue), surrounded by an outer circle in the form of a traditional Niuean garland of 14 seashells (representing the 14 villages of Niue), and crowned with St Edward's Crown (of the United Kingdom), representing the sovereign as head of state.

Around above between the two circles, the inscription PUBLIC SEAL OF NIUE. Below, a ribbon carries the motto ATUA NIUE TUKULAGI on two lines (meaning "God, Niue Eternally"), below which two crossed katoua (Niue fighting clubs).

The seal is smaller than usual and is surrounded by a wide rim divided by depictions of Greek columns into eight sectors. Seven of these depict the seven wonders of the ancient world: the Egyptian pyramids, the Hanging Gardens of Semiramis, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, the statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, the Colossus of Rhodes and the Lighthouse on the island of Pharos. In the eighth sector below, the face value and date of issue: 5 DOLLARS 2023.

Near the rim below left, the mint mark of the Czech Mint - a crowned monogram of the letters ČM (Česká mincovna).

Obverse Inscription PUBLIC SEAL OF NIUE 5 DOLLARS 2023
Reverse
Niue / Gold Tenth-Ounce 2023 Wonders of the World - Colossus of Rhodes - reverse photo

The reverse design depicts a fanciful reconstruction of the Colossus of Rhodes (in present-day Greece), being a large stature of the Sun god Helios holding a bowl above his head, with flames emerging from it. The statue straddles the two entrances to a small harbour, with boats seen behind.

On two lines below, the inscription THE COLOSSUS OF RHODES.

The designer's monogram PB (for Petra Brodská) is in the right field, just above the shore line.

Reverse Inscription THE COLOSSUS OF RHODES
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: proof.
Czech Mint Product Code: 75939-611
Release date: April 2023.
Release price: 333.00 EUR.

400 individually carded coins plus 2,000 sealed in a special packaging perforated so that ten parts can be conveniently divided if necessary (200 packs of 10 coins each). The ten-pack, product code 76039-611, was issued at 2,500.00 EUR.

See also

Coins in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World series issued for Niue:
- 1 oz Gold, The Great Pyramid of Giza, 2021
- 1/10 oz Gold, The Great Pyramid of Giza, 2021
- 1 oz Gold, The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, 2021
- 1/10 oz Gold, The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, 2021
- 1 oz Gold, The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, 2022
- 1/10 oz Gold, The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, 2022
- 1 oz Gold, The Statue of Zeus at Olympia, 2022
- 1/10 oz Gold, The Statue of Zeus at Olympia, 2022
- 1 oz Gold, The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, 2022
- 1/10 oz Gold, The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, 2022
- 1 oz Gold, The Colossus of Rhodes, 2023
- 1/10 oz Gold, The Colossus of Rhodes, 2023

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Gold Tenth-Ounce 2023 Wonders of the World - Colossus of Rhodes: Details
CountryNiue
CurrencyNiue Dollar
Coin TypeGold Tenth-Ounce (1/10 oz)
Issued2023
MonarchKing Charles III
EffigyPublic Seal of Niue
Face Value5 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage2,400
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerPetra Brodská
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size16.0000 mm
Mass3.1100 g
OCC IDRWKZ-EJNC-VDYK-EXGL
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