One Hundred Ducats 2021 Svatopluk I, Coin from Niue - detailed information

One Hundred Ducats 2021 Svatopluk I, Coin from Niue
CoinOne Hundred Ducats 2021 Svatopluk 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 about this coin:
Prince Svatopluk was the greatest ruler of Great Moravia; Svatopluk I was worshipped by people from the areas of today's Bohemia, Moravia, Silesia, Slovakia, Lusatian Serbia, Poland, Ukraine and Hungary. At first, he was the co-ruler of his uncle Rostislav and ruled in Nitra, but that was not enough for an ambitious man. Therefore, he broke away from Great Moravia in 870 and banded together with its enemies - the East Frankish Empire. Rostislav wanted to punish him, but Svatopluk captured him by trickery and handed him over to the Franks, who blinded the prince and threw him into prison, where he died.

Svatopluk then succeeded him on the Great Moravian throne and promised the Franks obedience, but the Frankish king, who did not want to share power, betrayed and imprisoned him. At that time, an uprising broke out in Moravia, and the Franks put Svatopluk at the head of the army that was supposed to suppress it, because he knew the country and its fortifications. However, as Svatopluk returned home, he sided with the Moravians and crushed the Frankish army. He ruled the Great Moravian Empire for the next 23 years - he repaired relations with the Franks, won the flavor of the pope and subjugated the surrounding nations. Unfortunately, Svatopluk's sons, who seized power after their father's death in 894, did not proceed with their father's successes. Great Moravia collapsed in 907.

MintCzech Mint Mint MarkMonogram ČM Total Mintage50
Obverse
Niue / One Hundred Ducats 2021 Svatopluk I - 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: NIUE ISLAND · ELIZABETH II · 500 DOLLARS · 2021 ·.

The Queen's portrait is smaller than usual and is in a small circle below the centre.

Above that, a Medieval depiction of a falconer in front of a horse, holding a falcon in his raised left hand. It is based on a plaque found in the Old Town of Uherské Hradiště which dates back to the time of Svatopluk's reign.

A small inscription around below 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).

Obverse Inscription NIUE ISLAND · ELIZABETH II · 500 DOLLARS · 2021 ·
Reverse
Niue / One Hundred Ducats 2021 Svatopluk I - reverse photo

The reverse design of the coin shows Prince Svatopluk I on horseback. He holds a shield with a two-armed cross - a symbol of Byzantium, then Nitra, Great Moravia and finally nowadays Slovakia. Behind him and on the right, a flying falcon referring to an old legend, according to which Rostislav, who learned of Svatopluk's betrayal, wanted to poison his nephew at a banquet; however, Svatopluk disappeared under the pretext that he would demonstrate a trained predator. Rostislav, who chased him, then fell into his trap.

Below, a depiction of a lead pendant with the crucified Christ that was discovered in the Slovak village of Dojč and which is a proof of the Christian faith of the ancient Slavs.

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

Around above, the inscription VEĽKOMORAVSKÉ KNIEŽA SVÄTOPLUK I (from Slovak: Svatopluk I, Prince of Great Moravia). Around below, the dates of his life · 871 894 ·.

A small V below the raised front hoof of the horse is the signature of the designer, Slovak medal maker Peter Valach.

Reverse Inscription VEĽKOMORAVSKÉ KNIEŽA SVÄTOPLUK I · 871 894 ·
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 Princ Svatopluk SK stand
Czech Mint Product Code: 75997-610
Date of issue: April 2021
Issue price: 524,990 CZK, 20,588.00 EUR

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One Hundred Ducats 2021 Svatopluk I: Details
CountryNiue
CurrencyNiue Dollar
Coin TypeGold One Hundred Ducats (348.5 g)
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value500 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage50
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerPeter Valach
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size65.000 mm
Mass348.500 g
OCC IDWMRA-OQPC-AZNV-EYPL
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