One Dollar Silver 2015 European Bee-eater, Coin from Niue - detailed information

One Dollar Silver 2015 European Bee-eater, Coin from Niue
CoinOne Dollar Silver 2015 European Bee-eater

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. Many of them are made using "smartminting" techniques and have features not generally found in circulation coins - e.g. high relief, full colour printing and/or different forms, including fully three dimensional (3D).

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 particular coin denominated as One Niue Dollar is not in a standard ounce-based size.

This coin is part of the Fascinating World of Birds series and features the European Bee-eater.

The Mint says about it:
"This beautiful series was created to take us to the captivating world of birds, enchanting us with the riot of colours and astonishing variety of species. Our third coin from this vivid collection is dedicated to the European bee-eater, a flamboyantly-feathered living thing standing out with its amazing beauty. Great gift for all people interested in ornithology.

European bee-eaters (Merops apiaster) most willingly live in open sunlit areas of meadows, fields and pastures with high land form diversity. They nest in dens located in sandy and earthen scarps. The representatives of this species are excellent hunters, not afraid of being stung by a bee or a wasp. European bee-eaters breed in Europe, mostly in the warmer southern parts. Despite not being currently considered threatened with extinction, the species is protected by the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats."

MintMint of Poland Mint MarkLetters MW Total Mintage999
Obverse
Niue / One Dollar Silver 2015 European Bee-eater - 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 NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR 2015 ·.

Below the portrait on its right side, the small MW mint mark of the Mint of Poland (m over W), for Mennica Warszawska (Mint of Warsaw).

Around below right, the hallmark Ag 999 (99.9% 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 2015 ·
Reverse
Niue / One Dollar Silver 2015 European Bee-eater - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows the multi-coloured images of European bee-eater birds - one on a branch, and one in mid-flight. In the background, a stylised decorative surface of leaves and vines.

Around left, along the rim, the name of the series, THE FASCINATING WORLD OF BIRDS. Around right, the name of the bird in Polish and in Latin: Żołna zwyczajna · Merops apiaster.

Reverse Inscription THE FASCINATING WORLD OF BIRDS Żołna zwyczajna · Merops apiaster
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: proof, coloured (digital printing).
Packaging: in themed box, with Certificate of Authenticity.
Date of issue: September 2015

See also

Coins in the Fascinating World of Birds series include:
- $1 Silver, Kingfisher 2014
- $1 Silver, Hoopoe 2014
- $1 Silver, European Bee-eater 2015
- $1 Silver, Golden Oriole 2016
- $1 Silver, Goldfinch 2017

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 2015 European Bee-eater: Details
CountryNiue
CurrencyNiue Dollar
Coin TypeOne Dollar Silver
Issued2015
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value1 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage999
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.610 mm
Mass17.500 g
OCC IDLBRP-ERRC-PVLA-EMNY
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