One Hundred Ducats 2015 Saint Ludmila, Coin from Niue - detailed information

One Hundred Ducats 2015 Saint Ludmila, Coin from Niue
CoinOne Hundred Ducats 2015 Saint Ludmila

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:
Patroness of Bohemia, grandmothers, mothers, Christian educators and winegrowers - all these nicknames belong to Saint Ludmila, who is also known as the mother of the Czech lands. She was the first Slavic saint, worshipped by all Orthodox Slavs. Our country is the only Roman Catholic country which recognised her.

The Czech Mint dedicates to this exceptional pious woman a new issue of investment gold 100-ducats coins. Ludmila was born around the year 860 as the daughter of Vladyka Slaviboř. As a child she was married to Přmyslid Bořivoj I. Both were baptised by St. Methodius in Great Moravia around the year 883. For Ludmila it meant an extremely deep radical change. She gave birth to seven children and after his husband's death she stayed in the castle Tetín. The princely throne was successively occupied by her sons Spytihněv and then Vratislaus, who died prematurely in 921. Ludmila´s daughter-in-law Drahomíra assumed government on behalf of his infant son Wenceslaus. Ludmila brought him up in love for the Slavic liturgy. His mother did not like that fact and she did not like the idea of sharing their power in the country either. She hired assassins then and ordered them to strangle Ludmila in Tetín during the same year. Ludmila's body was hastily buried in the ground by Tetín castle wall.

Wenceslaus transferred his grandmother's remains to Prague in 924, where she was buried with great piety in St. George`s Church, and laid the foundations of the cult of Saint Ludmila. Her sanctity was recognised between the years 1143-1144.

MintCzech Mint Mint MarkMonogram ČM Total Mintage50
Niue / One Hundred Ducats 2015 Saint Ludmila - obverse photo

In a small circle above the centre, the obverse 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, the face value 500 DOLLARS.

In the lower half of the obverse, a depiction of Tetín Castle and Ludmila's grave, together with a scarf which symbolises Ludmila's death.

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

Around left and right, the monarch's legend ELIZABETH II. NIUE ISLAND. Below, the date of issue 2015.

Around below right, an inscription specifying the precious metal content:!u 999,9 · 348,5 g (348.5 grams of 99.99% gold - Au is abbreviated from Aurum, the Latin word for gold).

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II. NIUE ISLAND 2015 500 DOLLARS
Niue / One Hundred Ducats 2015 Saint Ludmila - reverse photo

The reverse side of the coin shows the portrait of Saint Ludmila.

Around left and right, the inscription 100 DUKÁT SVATÉ LUDMILY 860 · 921 (100 ducats of Saint Ludmila, and the dates of her life).

In the right field, the monogram of the author, JB (for Jaroslav Bejvl).

Reverse Inscription 100 DUKÁT SVATÉ LUDMILY 860 · 921
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 100ducat of Saint Ludmilla standard
Czech Mint Product Code: 75122-610
Date of issue: April 2015

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One Hundred Ducats 2015 Saint Ludmila: Details
CurrencyNiue Dollar
Coin TypeGold One Hundred Ducats (348.5 g)
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value500 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage50
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerJaroslav Bejvl
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size65.000 mm
Mass348.500 g
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