Silver Five Ounces 2020 Year of the Rat, Coin from Niue - detailed information

Silver Five Ounces 2020 Year of the Rat, Coin from Niue
CoinSilver Five Ounces 2020 Year of the Rat

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, bullion 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 - including this very large five ounces of silver format (abbreviated as 5 oz Ag, where "Ag" comes from the Latin word for silver, Argentum).

According tor the Chinese Zodiac, the year 2020 was the "Year of the Rat". The legend says that one day Buddha called all the animals to him, but only twelve answered his call: a rat appeared first, followed by a buffalo, tiger, hare, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, cock, dog, and finally a pig.

This partially gilded coin is dedicated to the first Chinese zodiac sign, the rat. The coin was minted from 999 silver in proof quality.

MintPAMP Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage500
Obverse
Niue / Silver Five Ounces 2020 Year of the Rat - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin shows at its centre the crowned bust of Queen Elizabeth II wearing a pearl necklace, facing right (her effigy known as the "Third Portrait", by Raphael David Maklouf).

The designer's initials are usually incuse in tiny letters on the neck truncation when this portrait is used, but they are not displayed here.

Around above, the monarch's legend, the date of issue and the face value: ELIZABETH II · NIUE 2020 · 8 DOLLARS. Around below, the precious metal content: · 5 OZ 999 SILVER · (five troy ounces of 99.9% silver).

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · NIUE 2020 · 8 DOLLARS · 5 OZ 999 SILVER ·
Reverse
Niue / Silver Five Ounces 2020 Year of the Rat - reverse photo

The reverse design shows in the foreground a rat sitting protectively over a basket full of cherries; in the background, two more rats nibbling on cherries.

Around above left, the inscription YEAR OF THE RAT. On the right, the Chinese character for rat, .

The Chinese character and the rat in the foreground of the coin are gilded.

Reverse Inscription YEAR OF THE RAT 鼠
EdgeMilled interrupted, with serial number on plain sectionEdge Inscription[unique serial number]
Notes

Finish: proof, selectively gold plated.
Packaging: in wooden presentation box with illustrated outer shipper, with numbered Certificate of Authenticity matching the number on the edge of the coin.

All (33) coins of type: Silver Five Ounces (5 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Silver Five Ounces 2012 The Last Supper 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II · NIUE · 10 DOLLARS · 2012 ·
Silver Five Ounces 2015 Year of the Goat 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II · NIUE 2015 · 8 DOLLARS · 5 OZ 999 SILVER ·
Silver Five Ounces 2016 Year of the Monkey 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II · NIUE 2016 · 8 DOLLARS · 5 OZ 999 SILVER ·
Silver Five Ounces 2017 Year of the Rooster 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II · NIUE 2017 · 8 DOLLARS · 5 OZ 999 SILVER ·
Silver Five Ounces 2017 Emblems of Australia 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · NIUE 2017 · TEN DOLLARS · 5 OZ 999 SILVER ·
Silver Five Ounces 2018 Year of the Dog 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II · NIUE 2018 · 8 DOLLARS · 5 OZ 999 SILVER ·
Silver Five Ounces 2018 Great Barrier Reef 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · NIUE 2018 · TEN DOLLARS · 5 OZ 999 SILVER ·
Silver Five Ounces 2019 Year of the Pig 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II · NIUE 2019 · 8 DOLLARS · 5 OZ 999 SILVER ·
Silver Five Ounces 2019 Royal Visit Florin 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · NIUE 2019 · TEN DOLLARS · 5 OZ 999 SILVER ·
Silver Five Ounces 2019 Australian Dreamtime 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · NIUE 2019 · TEN DOLLARS · 5 OZ 999 SILVER ·
Silver Five Ounces 2020 Year of the Rat 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II · NIUE 2020 · 8 DOLLARS · 5 OZ 999 SILVER ·
Silver Five Ounces 2020 Universal Gods - Zeus 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NIUE ISLAND 10 DOLLARS ELIZABETH II 2020
Silver Five Ounces 2020 Universal Gods - Odin 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NIUE ISLAND 10 DOLLARS ELIZABETH II 2020
Silver Five Ounces 2020 Universal Gods - Perun 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NIUE ISLAND 10 DOLLARS ELIZABETH II 2020
Silver Five Ounces 2020 Universal Gods - Quetzalcóatl 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NIUE ISLAND 10 DOLLARS ELIZABETH II 2020
Silver Five Ounces 2020 Universal Gods - Re 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NIUE ISLAND 10 DOLLARS ELIZABETH II 2020
Silver Five Ounces 2020 Melbourne Centenary Florin 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · NIUE 2020 · TEN DOLLARS · 5 OZ 999 SILVER ·
Silver Five Ounces 2020 Red-Back Spider 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · NIUE 2020 · TEN DOLLARS · 5 OZ 999 SILVER ·
Silver Five Ounces 2021 The Great Lunar Race 888 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · NIUE 2021 · 8 DOLLARS · 5 OZ 999 SILVER ·
Silver Five Ounces 2021 Universal Goddess - Aphrodite 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NIUE ISLAND 10 DOLLARS ELIZABETH II 2021
Silver Five Ounces 2021 Universal Goddess - Frigg 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NIUE ISLAND 10 DOLLARS ELIZABETH II 2021
Silver Five Ounces 2021 Universal Goddess - Vesna 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NIUE ISLAND 10 DOLLARS ELIZABETH II 2021
Silver Five Ounces 2021 Universal Goddess - Kali 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NIUE ISLAND 10 DOLLARS ELIZABETH II 2021
Silver Five Ounces 2021 Universal Goddess - Bastet 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NIUE ISLAND 10 DOLLARS ELIZABETH II 2021
Silver Five Ounces 2021 Parrots of Australia 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · NIUE 2021 · TEN DOLLARS · 5 OZ 999 SILVER ·
Silver Five Ounces 2021 The Witcher - White Wolf 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE 2021 10 DOLLARS 5 oz AG 925
Silver Five Ounces 2022 Year of the Tiger 888 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · NIUE 2022 · TEN DOLLARS · 5 OZ 999 SILVER ·
Silver Five Ounces 2022 Star Wars - AT-AT Walker 300 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TEN DOLLARS 2022
Silver Five Ounces 2022 Sandcrawler 300 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TEN DOLLARS 2022
Silver Five Ounces 2022 Lion and Hyena 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · NIUE 2022 · TEN DOLLARS · 5 OZ 999 SILVER ·
Silver Five Ounces 2022 Cougar and Bear 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · NIUE 2022 · TEN DOLLARS · 5 OZ 999 SILVER ·
Silver Five Ounces 2022 Tiger and Komodo 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · NIUE 2022 · TEN DOLLARS · 5 OZ 999 SILVER ·
Silver Five Ounces 2022 Daintree Rainforest 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · NIUE 2022 · TEN DOLLARS · 5 OZ 999 SILVER ·
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Silver Five Ounces 2020 Year of the Rat: Details
CountryNiue
CurrencyNiue Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Five Ounces (5 oz)
Issued2020
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
Face Value8 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage500
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size65.000 mm
Mass155.533 g
OCC IDANMQ-OPYC-WQKY-EJYG
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