One Dollar Silver 2012 Order of St George Egg, Coin from Niue - detailed information

One Dollar Silver 2012 Order of St George Egg, Coin from Niue
CoinOne Dollar Silver 2012 Order of St George 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, bullion and collector coins under the authority of Niue. These coins are dedicated to historical or general popular culture themes not related to Niue itself.

Some coins are marketed in standard bullion sizes, like half ounce silver, one ounce silver etc, and some of those are also denominated as $1, for which see respective lists. This coin, denominated as One Niue Dollar, is not in a standard ounce-based size and is made using a "smartminting" technique - meaning that it has features not generally found in circulation coins.

This coin is part of a series of coins dedicated to the famous Fabergé eggs, and depicts the Imperial Order of St. George egg (also called the Cross of St. George egg), made in 1916. Created during World War I, the egg commemorates the Order of St. George that was awarded to Emperor Nicholas II and his son, the Grand Duke Alexei Nikolaievich. The Order of St. George (Russian: Орден Святого Георгия) is the highest military decoration in Russia and was Originally established on 26 November 1769 as the highest military decoration of the Russian Empire for commissioned officers and generals by Empress Catherine the Great.

The Order of St. George Egg and its counterpart the Steel Military Egg were given a modest design in keeping with the austerity of World War I. The Order of St. George egg left Bolshevik Russia with its original recipient, the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna.

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 coin is in Proof quality, with stone inserts. It comes boxed, with a Certificate of Authenticity.

MintMint of Poland Mint MarkLetters MW Total Mintage9,999
Obverse
Niue / One Dollar Silver 2012 Order of St George Egg - obverse photo

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 with a basket of flowers inside (the "Spring Flowers" egg).

Around left, facing outward, the face value and denomination: 1 DOLLAR. Around right, similarly facing out, the date of issue 2012.

Around below right, the hallmark Ag 925 (92.5% silver, also known as Sterling Silver; "Ag" is abbreviated from Argentum, the Latin word for silver, and is internationally used to mark silver coins and jewellery).

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND 1 DOLLAR 2012
Reverse
Niue / One Dollar Silver 2012 Order of St George Egg - reverse photo

Within a plain rim, the reverse of the coin shows, surrounded by a wreath of laurel leaves, the Imperial Order of St George egg. Commissioned in 1916 by Tsar Nicholas II, it was an Easter gift to his mother, Maria Feodorovna.

Shown in the foreground below is s small Cross of St George, which is attached to the egg with a ribbon.

Around above, in handwriting script, the inscription Imperial Fabergé Eggs.

Made of silver without any precious stones, the original egg represents austere elegance due to the fact that the royal family considered it inappropriate to exchange expensive gifts when the country was at war. The coin is embellished with a coloured Swarovski crystal at the centre of the cross.

Reverse Inscription Imperial Fabergé Eggs
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

This coin seems not to be listed in Krause.

Issued in Set
Imperial Fabergé Egg Series Proof Silver Set, mintage unknown
9 coins: Coronation Egg, Rosebud Egg, Swan Egg, Cockerel Egg, Lily Bouquet Egg, Winter Egg, Order of St George Egg, Napoleonic Egg, Kremlin Egg
See also

Coins in the Imperial Fabergé Eggs series include:
- Coronation Egg, 2oz silver, 2010
- Duchess of Marlborough Egg, 2oz silver, 2011
- Bay Tree Egg, 2oz silver, 2012
- Kremlin Egg, 2oz silver, 2013
- Trans-Siberian Railway Egg, 2oz silver, 2014
- Tsarevich Constellation Egg, 2oz silver, 2018
- Coronation Egg $1, 2012
- Rosebud Egg $1, 2012
- Swan Egg $1, 2012
- Cockerel Egg $1, 2012
- Lily Bouquet Egg $1, 2012
- Winter Egg $1, 2012
- Order of St George Egg $1, 2012
- Napoleonic Egg $1, 2012
- Kremlin Egg $1, 2012

All (60) coins of type: One Dollar Silver
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
One Dollar 2011 Princess Diana 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND 2011
One Dollar 2011 Royal Wedding 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND 2011
One Dollar Silver 2012 Coronation Egg 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND 1 DOLLAR 2012
One Dollar Silver 2012 Rosebud Egg 9,999 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND 1 DOLLAR 2012
One Dollar Silver 2012 Swan Egg 9,999 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND 1 DOLLAR 2012
One Dollar Silver 2012 Cockerel Egg 9,999 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND 1 DOLLAR 2012
One Dollar Silver 2012 Lily Bouquet Egg 9,999 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND 1 DOLLAR 2012
One Dollar Silver 2012 Winter Egg 9,999 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND 1 DOLLAR 2012
One Dollar Silver 2012 Order of St George Egg 9,999 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND 1 DOLLAR 2012
One Dollar Silver 2012 Napoleonic Egg 9,999 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND 1 DOLLAR 2012
One Dollar Silver 2012 Kremlin Egg 9,999 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND 1 DOLLAR 2012
One Dollar Silver 2014 Bengal Cat 1,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2014 ·
One Dollar Silver 2014 British Shorthair Cat 1,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2014 ·
One Dollar Silver 2014 European Shorthair Cat 1,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2014 ·
One Dollar Silver 2014 Javanese Cat 1,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2014 ·
One Dollar Silver 2014 Siamese Cat 1,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2014 ·
One Dollar Silver 2014 Maine Coon Cat 1,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2014 ·
One Dollar Silver 2014 Persian Cat 1,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ONE DOLLAR 2014 Niue Island ELIZABETH II
One Dollar Silver 2014 Labrador Retriever Dog 1,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2014 ·
One Dollar Silver 2014 Chow Chow Dog 1,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2014 ·
One Dollar Silver 2014 Cocker Spaniel Dog 1,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2014 ·
One Dollar Silver 2014 White Terrier Dog 1,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2014 ·
One Dollar Silver 2014 Chihuahua Dog 1,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2014 ·
One Dollar Silver 2014 German Shepherd Dog 1,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2014 ·
One Dollar Silver 2014 Yorkshire Terrier Dog 1,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ONE DOLLAR 2014 Niue Island ELIZABETH II
One Dollar Silver 2014 Brown Bear 3,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait NIUE ISLAND 2014 ELIZABETH II 1 DOLLAR
One Dollar Silver 2014 Wild Boar 2,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2014 ·
One Dollar Silver 2014 Roe-Deer 2,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2014 ·
One Dollar Silver 2014 European Bison 2,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2014 ·
One Dollar Silver 2014 Hyacinth Macaw 2,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND 2014 1 DOLLAR
One Dollar Silver 2014 Siberian Tiger 2,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2014 ·
One Dollar Silver 2014 Grevy's Zebra 2,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2014 ·
One Dollar Silver 2014 Giant Panda 2,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2014 ·
One Dollar Silver 2014 Mountain Gorilla 2,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2014 ·
One Dollar Silver 2014 Black Rhinoceros 2,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2014 ·
One Dollar Silver 2014 Red Ruffed Lemur 2,014 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2014 ·
One Dollar Silver 2014 Loggerhead Sea Turtle 2,014 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2014 ·
One Dollar Silver 2014 Kingfisher 2,014 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2014 ·
One Dollar Silver 2014 Hoopoe 2,014 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2014 ·
One Dollar Silver 2014 Fishing 2,222 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2014 ·
One Dollar Silver 2014 World War I 2,014 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2014 ·
One Dollar Silver 2015 All the Best 9,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait 1 DOLLAR 2015 ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND
One Dollar Silver 2015 Year of the Goat 6,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2015 ·
One Dollar Silver 2015 Scottish Fold Cat 999 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2015 ·
One Dollar Silver 2015 Somali Cat 999 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2015 ·
One Dollar Silver 2015 Bernese Mountain Dog 999 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2015 ·
One Dollar Silver 2015 Pug Dog 999 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2015 ·
One Dollar Silver 2015 Arabian Horse 850 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2015 ·
One Dollar Silver 2015 Amur Leopard 2,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2015 ·
One Dollar Silver 2015 Blue Whale 2,015 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2015 ·
One Dollar Silver 2015 European Bee-eater 999 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2015 ·
One Dollar Silver 2016 Year of the Monkey 1,016 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2016 ·
One Dollar Silver 2016 Year of the Monkey (with Elephant) 6,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2016 ·
One Dollar Silver 2016 Devon Rex Cat 999 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2016 ·
One Dollar Silver 2016 Siberian Husky Dog 999 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2016 ·
One Dollar Silver 2016 Friesian Horse 750 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2016 ·
One Dollar Silver 2016 Golden Oriole 999 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2016 ·
One Dollar Silver 2017 Thoroughbred Horse 750 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2017 ·
One Dollar Silver 2017 Goldfinch 999 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2017 ·
One Dollar Silver 2021 Year of the Ox 999 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2021 ·
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One Dollar Silver 2012 Order of St George Egg: Details
CountryNiue
CurrencyNiue Dollar
Coin TypeOne Dollar Silver, Smartminting
Issued2012
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value1 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage9,999
CurrentYes
Material0.925 Silver
TechnologySmartminting
ShapeEgg
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size29.2 - 39.0 mm
Mass16.810 g
OCC IDDKLM-EMKC-PQVX-ENZB
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