One Hundred Ducats 2013 Spytihněv I, Coin from Niue - detailed information

One Hundred Ducats 2013 Spytihněv I, Coin from Niue
CoinOne Hundred Ducats 2013 Spytihněv I

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:
"This coin depicts one of the Přemyslid rulers - Spytihněv I. A Czech duke, he was the eldest son of prince Bořivoj I and princess Ludmila. He and his father Bořivoj I built many strongholds and they also laid the foundations of the Prague Castle. It was at this period that Prague became the centre of the arising Czech state.

MintCzech Mint Mint MarkMonogram ČM Total Mintage50
Obverse
Niue / One Hundred Ducats 2013 Spytihněv I - obverse photo

Within a decorated ring, the obverse of the coin depicts a scene from the Velislav Chronicle showing Spytihněv I by the Church of Our Lady, the oldest stone building in the Prague Castle complex, where he and his wife were buried. Only the foundations and the tombs of the couple been been preserved where the church once stood. Around above, SPYTIHNĚV I.; around right, KOSTEL P. MARIE (Church of Saint Mary).

In a small circle on the left, 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. 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.

Below the Queen's portrait and on the right, the mint mark of the Czech Mint - a crowned monogram of the letters ČM (Česká mincovna).

Around left, the monarch's legend, face value and date of issue · NIUE ISLAND · 250 DOLLARS · ELIZABETH II. · 2013 ·.

Obverse Inscription · NIUE ISLAND · 250 DOLLARS · ELIZABETH II. · 2013 ·
Reverse
Niue / One Hundred Ducats 2013 Spytihněv I - reverse photo

The reverse design depicts Spytihněv I, holding a shield and banner in his right hand; on the right, a shield decorated with the Přemyslid flaming eagle coat of arms. The design is based on wall paintings decorating the rotunda in Znojmo.

Around right, 100 DUKÁT SPYTIHNĚVA I. (100 ducats of Spytihněv I).

Below, the monogram of the artist, ZF (for Zbyněk Fojtů).

Reverse Inscription 100 DUKÁT SPYTIHNĚVA I.
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

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 100ducat of Spytihněv I standard
Czech Mint Product Code: 75012-610
Date of issue: April 2013

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One Hundred Ducats 2013 Spytihněv I: Details
CountryNiue
CurrencyNiue Dollar
Coin TypeGold One Hundred Ducats (348.5 g)
Issued2013
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value250 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage50
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerZbyněk Fojtů
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size65.000 mm
Mass348.500 g
OCC IDMXKD-OKQC-AVAG-OWQJ
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