One Hundred Ducats 2020 Pope John Paul II, Coin from Niue - detailed information

One Hundred Ducats 2020 Pope John Paul II, Coin from Niue
CoinOne Hundred Ducats 2020 Pope John Paul II

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:
A native of Wadowice in Poland, an athlete, climber, poet, playwright, brilliant cleric and the first Slavic pope in history - all this was Karol Józef Wojtyła, who was renamed as John Paul II when he became Pope. The Czech Mint issued this majestic gold coin the weight of which is inspired by the historic ten-ducat on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth.

John Paul II differed significantly from most of the popes who ruled the Holy See before him. He had a great feeling for human freedom, which resulted from his personal experience with Nazism and Communism. While he tried to escape the first of the great evils of the 20th century, he did not hesitate to confront the second openly - he gradually became one of the greatest defenders of human rights and freedoms and made a significant contribution to the Fall of the Iron Curtain, which eventually led to his canonisation.

The pope impressed conservative believers with his maturity of opinion and adherence to seemingly obsolete dogmas. His commonness, spontaneous behaviour, and ability to speak to people again opened the church to young people.

MintCzech Mint Mint MarkMonogram ČM Total Mintage50
Obverse
Niue / One Hundred Ducats 2020 Pope John Paul II - 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 500 DOLLARS 2020.

The Queen's portrait is smaller than usual and is in a small circle above centre

Below that, within a wreath Christ's monogram Chi-Ro, which is one of the oldest and most widespread Christian characters, and the alpha and omega (first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, a symbol of beginning and end) used to designate the comprehensiveness of God. On two ribbons left and right, the Latin motto of John Paul II: TOTUS TUUS, which is a fragment of prayer to the Mother of God and means "all Yours".

Part of the inscription around right specifies 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).

Following that inscription, the mint mark of the Czech Mint - a crowned monogram of the letters ČM (Česká mincovna).

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · NIUE ISLAND 500 DOLLARS 2020
Reverse
Niue / One Hundred Ducats 2020 Pope John Paul II - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin portrays Pope John Paul II with a saint's halo.

Around right, the inscription JAN PAVEL II. 1920-2005 (his name in Czech, followed by the dates of his life).

In the left field above the Pope's shoulder, the monogram of the artist, JO (for Josef Oplištil).

Reverse Inscription JAN PAVEL II. 1920-2005
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated.
Packaging: in capsule and dark wooden case, with a Certificate of Authenticity in Czech, Slovak and English.
Collection: Investment 100ducat Coin
Coin name: Gold investment coin Pope John Paul II stand
Czech Mint Product Code: 75736-610
Date of issue: May 2020

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One Hundred Ducats 2020 Pope John Paul II: Details
CountryNiue
CurrencyNiue Dollar
Coin TypeGold One Hundred Ducats (348.5 g)
Issued2020
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value500 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage50
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerJosef Oplištil
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size65.000 mm
Mass348.500 g
OCC IDQRAP-EBNC-XRMY-EYJD
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