|Coin||Gold Three Ounces 2011 Fabergé - Clover Leaf Egg|
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, including this very large three ounces of gold format (abbreviated as 3 oz Au, where "Au" comes from the Latin word for gold, Aurum).
This coin is part of a series dedicated to the famous Fabergé eggs, and depicts the Clover Leaf Egg.
A Fabergé egg (Russian: Яйца Фаберже́) is a jewelled egg created by the House of Fabergé, in Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire. Possibly as many as sixty-nine were created, of which fifty-seven survive today. Virtually all were manufactured under the supervision of Peter Carl Fabergé between 1885 and 1917, the most famous being the fifty-two "Imperial" eggs, forty-six of which survive, made for the Russian Tsars Alexander III and Nicholas II as Easter gifts for their wives and mothers. Thanks to the exuberance, intricacy and splendour of decoration, Fabergé Eggs have gained a huge popularity as jewellery masterpieces.
The Clover Leaf Egg was made in 1902 for Tsar Nicholas II and was presented as an Easter gift to his wife, the Tsarina Alexandra Fyodorovna. It is currently held in the Kremlin Armoury Museum in Moscow, and it is one of the few Fabergé eggs that have never left Russia. The Clover Leaf Egg is made of an openwork pattern of stems and leaves of clover forming the shape of an egg. The gaps between the metal outline of the leaves are covered with transparent bright green enamel. A very thin golden ribbon paved with rubies curls through the foliage. At the time, the production of transparent enamel was still a new method, and often suffered from problems while cooling. There are no flaws in the enamel of the Clover Leaf Egg, but it is considered too fragile to travel.
The "surprise" which was inside the egg has been lost but according to archives it is reported to be a four leaf clover with twenty three diamonds, and four miniature portraits of the four daughters of the Tsar: Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia.
The obverse of the coin depicts the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait", by Ian Rank-Broadley). 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. The designer's initials are not shown.
Below the neck truncation and over the I of ELIZABETH, the small MW mint mark of the Mint of Poland (m over W), for Mennica Warszawska (Mint of Warsaw).
The effigy is small and is in the upper half of the design, surrounded by a decorative neo-rococo scroll ornament. Horizontally below, ELIZABETH II. Around above, the rest of the legend: NIUE ISLAND.
The lower half of the design shows an open Fabergé egg - the "Spring Flowers" egg with a miniature basket of wood anemones inside.
Around left, facing outward, the face value and denomination: 100 DOLLARS. Around right, similarly facing out, the date of issue 2011.
Around below right, the hallmark Au 900 (90% gold).
Within a plain border, the reverse of the coin shows the Imperial Clover Leaf Egg made in 1902, with green glass inserts and zircons arranged in the shape of two clovers.
Around below, a delicate Art Nouveau ornament. Above - a stylised relief with clover leafs.
Below left, the monogram of the designer, RK (R over K), for Robert Kotowicz.
Around above, the inscription IMPERIAL FABERGÉ EGGS.
||IMPERIAL FABERGÉ EGGS
Packaging: in luxury wooden presentation box, with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Coins in the Imperial Fabergé Eggs series include (ordered by metal / size / year):
- 10 oz Gold, Coronation Egg, 2012
- 10 oz Gold, Moscow Kremlin Egg, 2014
- 3 oz Gold, Coronation Egg, 2010
- 3 oz Gold, Lilies of the Valley Egg, 2011
- 3 oz Gold, Clover Leaf Egg, 2011
- 3 oz Gold, Pansy Egg, 2012
- 3 oz Gold, Duchess of Marlborough Egg, 2012
- 3 oz Gold, Bay Tree Egg, 2012
- 3 oz Gold, Napoleonic Egg, 2012
- 3 oz Gold, Moscow Kremlin Egg, 2013
- 1 oz Gold, Coronation Egg, 2012
- 250 g Silver, Coronation Egg, 2012
- 250 g Silver, Third Imperial Egg, 2015
- 2 oz Silver, Coronation Egg, 2010
- 2 oz Silver, Lilies of the Valley Egg, 2010
- 2 oz Silver, Clover Leaf Egg, 2010
- 2 oz Silver, Pansy Egg, 2011
- 2 oz Silver, Duchess of Marlborough Egg, 2011
- 2 oz Silver, Bay Tree Egg, 2012
- 2 oz Silver, Napoleonic Egg, 2012
- 2 oz Silver, Moscow Kremlin Egg, 2013
- 2 oz Silver, Trans-Siberian Railway Egg, 2014
- 2 oz Silver, Tsarevich Constellation Egg, 2018
- 2 oz Silver, Diamond Trellis Egg, 2019
- 2 oz Silver, Pelican Egg, 2021
- 2 oz Silver, Mosaic Egg, 2021
- $1 Silver, Coronation Egg, 2012
- $1 Silver, Rosebud Egg, 2012
- $1 Silver, Swan Egg, 2012
- $1 Silver, Cockerel Egg, 2012
- $1 Silver, Lily Bouquet Egg, 2012
- $1 Silver, Winter Egg, 2012
- $1 Silver, Order of St George Egg, 2012
- $1 Silver, Napoleonic Egg, 2012
- $1 Silver, Moscow Kremlin Egg, 2012
- $1 Silver, Alexander Palace Egg, 2015
- $1 Silver, Fifteenth Anniversary Egg, 2015
- $1 Silver, Third Imperial Egg, 2015
- $1 Silver, Royal Danish Egg, 2015
- $1 Silver, Caucasus Egg, 2015
- $1 Silver, Trans-Siberian Railway Egg, 2015
- $1 Silver, Peter the Great Egg, 2015
- $1 Silver, Standart Yacht Egg, 2015
- $1 Silver, Gatchina Palace Egg, 2015
- $1 Silver, Peacock Egg, 2017
- $1 Silver, Resurrection Egg, 2017
- $1 Silver, Catherine the Great Egg, 2018
- $1 Silver, Mosaic Egg, 2018
- $1 Silver, Pelican Egg, 2018
- $1 Silver, Romanov Tercentenary Egg, 2018
- $1 Silver, Blue Serpent Clock Egg, 2018
- $1 Silver, Empire Nephrite Egg, 2020
- $1 Silver, Pansy Egg, 2020
- $1 Silver, Red Cross Egg (with icons), 2020
- $1 Silver, Steel Military Egg, 2020
- $1 Silver, Rose Trellis Egg, 2020
- $1 Silver, Colonnade Egg, 2020
- $1 Silver, Duchess of Marlborough Egg, 2020
- $1 Silver, Tsarevich Constellation Egg, 2020
- $1 Silver, Twelve Panel Egg, 2021
- $1 Silver, Blue Striped Egg, 2021
- $1 Silver, Revolving Miniatures Egg, 2021
- $1 Silver, Tsarevitch Egg, 2021
- $1 Silver, Pinecone Egg, 2021
- $1 Silver, Twelve Monograms Egg, 2021
- $1 Silver, Red Cross Egg (with portraits), 2021
- $1 Silver, Basket of Flowers Egg, 2021
- $1 Silver, Memory of Azov Egg, 2021