Silver Five Ounces 2021 Universal Goddess - Bastet, Coin from Niue - detailed information

Silver Five Ounces 2021 Universal Goddess - Bastet, Coin from Niue
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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).

This silver coin is part of the Universal Goddess series by the Czech Mint, and features Bastet.

The Mint says about it:
Ancient Egyptians worshipped cats as sacred creatures. Egyptian statues, reliefs and paintings always depict cats well-groomed and well-fed, which testifies to the special care they were given. When a cat died, its family kept mourning and had their pet mummified. Killing a cat was punishable by death. The feline beasts represented the incarnation of the gods.

In ancient Egypt, two cat goddesses were worshipped - the benevolent Bastet and the fierce Sachmet - often merging into one. This goddess with the head of a cat or lioness is the protector of mankind and the embodiment of refined femininity. Like a cat, she can be calm and relaxed one moment, but the next she can show an unexpected temperament and be a fierce predator. The cat goddess was worshipped by pharaohs and common people, and she provided them not only with peace and protection, but also fertility and beauty.

MintCzech Mint Mint MarkMonogram ČM Total Mintage500
Obverse
Niue / Silver Five Ounces 2021 Universal Goddess - Bastet - 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 10 DOLLARS ELIZABETH II 2021.

Above left, the precious metal content: Ag 999 · 5 oz (five troy ounces of 99.9% silver; Ag is abbreviated from Argentum, the Latin word for silver).

Behind the portrait on the left, the mint mark of the Czech Mint - a crowned monogram of the letters ČM (Česká mincovna).

The rim features decorative ornaments of Greek, Norse, Slavic, Hindu and Egyptian origin; the obverse side is common to the entire cycle of divine coins, and is designed by a team of Czech Mint artists.

Obverse Inscription NIUE ISLAND 10 DOLLARS ELIZABETH II 2021
Reverse
Niue / Silver Five Ounces 2021 Universal Goddess - Bastet - reverse photo

The reverse side of the coin presents Bastet with a seductive female body and the head of a lioness. In her hand she holds a Nile cross, which symbolises life - both earthly and afterlife. The figure of the goddess is surrounded by Egyptian hieroglyphs and decorative ornaments. Below right, the designer's signature, an ornate LK (for Ludmila Kracíková).

In large letters in the exergue, BASTET.

Reverse Inscription BASTET
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated.
Packaging: in capsule and wooden presentation box with illustrated shipper, accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity in Czech, Slovak and English.
Czech Mint Product Code: 75865-710
Date of issue: November 2021
Issue price: 6,990 CZK, 274.00 EUR

See also

Coins in the Universal Gods and Goddess series include:
- 5 oz Silver, Zeus 2020
- 5 oz Silver, Odin 2020
- 5 oz Silver, Perun 2020
- 5 oz Silver, Quetzalcóatl 2020
- 5 oz Silver, Re 2020
- 5 oz Silver, Aphrodite 2021
- 5 oz Silver, Frigg 2021
- 5 oz Silver, Vesna 2021
- 5 oz Silver, Kali 2021
- 5 oz Silver, Bastet 2021

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 2021 Universal Goddess - Bastet: Details
CountryNiue
CurrencyNiue Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Five Ounces (5 oz)
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value10 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage500
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerLudmila Kracíková
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size65.000 mm
Mass155.500 g
OCC IDYRVP-EVRC-WVXA-EDQG
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