|Coin||Palladium Ounce 2022 Czech Lion|
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. These coins are dedicated to historical or general popular culture themes not related to Niue itself. Many of them are in standard bullion sizes - such as the extremely rare one ounce of palladium format (abbreviated as 1 oz Pd).
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.
This coin is part of the Czech Lion series of bullion coins issued every year by the Czech Mint with a new design.
The Mint says about the series:
The best-known story of how the exotic lion became the symbol of the Czech country is the tale of Bruncvík - a mythical prince who travelled to Africa, where he helped the animal king to fight the dragon, belongs to the most famous stories of how an exotic lion became a symbol of the Czech land. Old chroniclers offer a more plausible explanation. According to them, Emperor Frederick Barbarossa rewarded Prince Vladislaus II with a royal crown and a new heraldic animal, which replaced the previous eagle in 1158.
The lion represented the knight's virtues, strength and courage, which were demonstrated by Vladislaus during the conquest of Milan in the imperial service. And how did the heraldic beast come to its second tail? Heroism played a key role again. King Ottokar I of Bohemia helped Emperor Otto IV. in the fight against the Saxons in 1204, and the Czech lion received a second tail for it, which distinguished it from the beasts of other nations and provided it with a unique prestige. However, medieval writers liked to colour their stories, therefore they are not a reliable source of information. The first verifiable Czech lion was a symbol of the Přemyslid dynasty and appears on the equestrian seal of Vladislaus Henry from 1203. Only Ottokar II, the Iron and Golden King, placed the lion on the coat of arms.
||Mint Mark||Monogram ČM
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 small 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 2022 ELIZABETH II 50 DOLLARS.
The effigy and legend are in a shield at the centre of the obverse. The wide rim around it has a relief pattern of a "flaming eagle" representing Moravia and Silesia, two of the three historical Czech lands represented on the Coat of Arms of the Czech Republic (the outlines of the two eagles are identical, they only differ in colour, which is not shown on the coin).
On the right, the mint mark of the Czech Mint - a crowned monogram of the letters ČM (Česká mincovna).
The reverse of the coin represents a realistic depiction of a lion's head, crowned with the crown of St Wenceslas (Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia between 921 and 935).
A large numeral 5 on the left is a privy mark commemorating the fifth anniversary of the Czech Lion bullion coin range.
Around below near the rim, the inscription ČESKÁ REPUBLIKA (Czech Republic). In smaller letters in the inner circle above that, the precious metal content: 1oz Pd 999.5 (one troy ounce of 99.95% palladium; Pd is abbreviated from "palladium").
In the right field, the designer's monogram.
Decorating the rim are leaves of linden - the Czech national tree.
Issued in a three-coin set only.
Coins in the Czech Lion series issued in 2022 include:
- 1 oz Palladium, Czech Lion, 2022
- 1 oz Platinum, Czech Lion, 2022
- 5 kg Gold, Czech Lion, 2022
- 1 kg Gold, Czech Lion, 2022
- 10 oz Gold, Czech Lion, 2022
- 5 oz Gold, Czech Lion, 2022
- 1 oz Gold, Czech Lion, 2022
- 1/2 oz Gold, Czech Lion, 2022
- 1/4 oz Gold, Czech Lion, 2022
- 1/25 oz Gold, Czech Lion, 2022
- 0.5 g Gold, Czech Lion, 2022
- 5 kg Silver, Czech Lion, 2022
- 3 kg Silver, Czech Lion, 2022
- 1 kg Silver, Czech Lion, 2022
- 10 oz Silver, Czech Lion, 2022
- 5 oz Silver, Czech Lion, 2022
- 2 oz Silver, Czech Lion, 2022
- 1 oz Silver, Czech Lion (Queen Elizabeth II obverse), 2022
- 1 oz Silver, Czech Lion (Public Seal of Niue obverse), 2022