One Hundred Ducats 2016 Saint Vitus, Coin from Niue - detailed information

One Hundred Ducats 2016 Saint Vitus, Coin from Niue
CoinOne Hundred Ducats 2016 Saint Vitus

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:
St. Vitus oversees above the dancers and comedians, is symbolised by a rooster and protects against snakebites, dog bites, lightning and storms. For us, however, he is above all one of the most important patrons of the Czech country and the city of Prague! To this saint is dedicated one of Europe's most majestic cathedrals.

St. Vitus, according to the legend, was born around 293 in Sicily as the son of a pagan, Hylas. When he was seven years old, his nanny Cescentie with her husband Modesto converted him to Christianity. When he was twelve, the emperor Diocletian in Rome began the infamous persecution of Christians. Vitus thus became a threat for the whole family. Therefore Hylas, after pressure from the imperial deputy Valerian, gave his son to the Roman authorities. Even after whipping, he did not renounced his faith. Fortuitously, he along with the nanny and her husband, managed to escape from the captivity back to Sicily in a small boat. But they did not escape for long - they were arrested and Vitus was tortured again. After being thrown into a kettle of a boiling water, according to the legend, however, he emerged unscathed. He was thrown even to a lion, but instead of devouring him, he licked his feet. Eventually Saint Vitus was decapitated, due to his unwillingness to give up his religion. His sacrament the Christian world commemorates on June 15th.

MintCzech Mint Mint MarkMonogram ČM Total Mintage50
Obverse
Niue / One Hundred Ducats 2016 Saint Vitus - 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.

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 below left, the numeral of the face value 500 is surrounded by the value and denomination in words: FIVE HUNDRED · DOLLARS ·. In another small circle to the right, the Queen's monogram E surrounded by a wreath and crowned with St Edward's Crown.

Around left and right, divided by the circles, the hallmark announcing the precious metal content: Au 999.9 348.5 g (348.5 grams of 99.99% gold; Au is abbreviated from Aurum, the Latin word for gold).

Below, the mint mark of the Czech Mint - a crowned monogram of the letters ČM (Česká mincovna) - is above the date of issue 2016.

Between all this and the outer rim, decorations of French fleurs-de-lis.

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

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · NIUE ISLAND · 2016
Reverse
Niue / One Hundred Ducats 2016 Saint Vitus - reverse photo

The reverse design of the coin shows Saint Vitus holding a palm branch in his right hand. As a patron saint, he also holds a sceptre and wears an ermine coat.

Around above, the inscription 100 DUCAT OF SAINT VITUS; around below, the same in Czech: · STODUKÁT SV. VÍTA ·.

The signature of the designer, V · PAVLICA · (Vladimír Pavlica) is below left, above the letters DU of STODUKÁT.

Reverse Inscription 100 DUCAT OF SAINT VITUS · STODUKÁT SV. VÍTA ·
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 St. Vitus standard
Czech Mint Product Code: 75194-610
Date of issue: April 2016

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One Hundred Ducats 2016 Saint Vitus: Details
CountryNiue
CurrencyNiue Dollar
Coin TypeGold One Hundred Ducats (348.5 g)
Issued2016
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value500 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage50
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerVladimír Pavlica
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size65.000 mm
Mass348.500 g
OCC IDANMQ-EPYC-WGQB-OJYG
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