One Hundred Ducats 2011 John Amos Comenius, Coin from Niue - detailed information

One Hundred Ducats 2011 John Amos Comenius, Coin from Niue
CoinOne Hundred Ducats 2011 John Amos Comenius

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. One of them is the Czech Mint, which uses not only standard bullion sizes but also some formats based on the Czech Gold Ducat, including 100 Ducats weighing a massive 348.5 grams.

The coins are "Non-Circulating Legal Tender" (NCLT) and not bullion because they are issued at prices much higher than their bullion value and are targeted at collectors who appreciate them for their artistic or sentimental value, and not at bullion investors.

The Mint says about this coin:
John Amos Comenius (Czech: Jan Amos Komenský) ranked among the few figures in Czech history whose significance reached far beyond the country’s border. His name is lauded along with the greatest names of Europe’s and, indeed, the world’s cultural history. He is best known as the founder of modern teaching methods, but he was also a prominent philosopher, writer and church official. His written works are sophisticated in style, yet easy to read.

Komenský’s correspondence with European scholars and artists of that time serves as indirect evidence of his stature. His efforts in the political arena, part of which was his faith in visionaries‘ prophecies, scored the least success. Conversely, his programme aiming to edify humankind, gradually evolving in his writings and based on education and the idea of perpetual peace, has turned out truly timeless.

MintCzech Mint Mint MarkMonogram ČM Total Mintage250
Niue / One Hundred Ducats 2011 John Amos Comenius - obverse photo

Above the centre, 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. The effigy is slightly modified and expanded below to show part of the Queen's shoulders (however, it is not the official uncouped version).

Usually, the designer's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley) are present below the portrait when it is used, but they are not displayed on this coin.

In a smaller circle to the left of the portrait, the Queen's monogram E surrounded by a wreath and crowned with St Edward's Crown, below which the face value and the date of issue 250 DOLLARS 2011.

Below right, a sitting female figure inspired by the allegory of Grammar from Comenius' textbook for children Orbis Pictus; however compared with the original it is simplified and mirror reversed. At the lower rim of the coin, the design is complemented by a simplified round planetary scheme.

Below right, the mint mark of the Czech Mint - a crowned monogram of the letters ČM (Česká mincovna).

Around above, the monarch's legend: ELIZABETH II · NIUE ISLAND.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · NIUE ISLAND 250 DOLLARS 2011
Niue / One Hundred Ducats 2011 John Amos Comenius - reverse photo

The reverse design shows John Amos Comenius, based on a drawing from the period. ). He is sitting behind a table which has a globe and an ink pot on it, and is writing with a quill. The title of his work DIDACTICA OPERA OMNIA ("Writing on All Learning") is placed on the drapes hanging from the table.

The edge inscription is in Latin: JOHANNES AMOS COMENIUS · PRAECEPTOR GENTIUM (Teacher of the Peoples.

EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone

Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated.
Packaging: in capsule and dark wooden case, with a Certificate of Authenticity in Czech, Slovak and English.
Coin name: Gold investment coin John Amos Comenius standard
Czech Mint Product Code: 75002-610
Date of issue: November 2011

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One Hundred Ducats 2011 John Amos Comenius: Details
CurrencyNiue Dollar
Coin TypeGold One Hundred Ducats (348.5 g)
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value250 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage250
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerMichal Vitanovský
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size65.000 mm
Mass348.500 g
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