Silver Half Ounce 2015 María Manrique de Lara y Mendoza, Coin from Niue - detailed information

Silver Half Ounce 2015 María Manrique de Lara y Mendoza, Coin from Niue
CoinSilver Half Ounce 2015 María Manrique de Lara y Mendoza

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, based on the troy ounce - such as the half ounce of silver format (abbreviated as 1/2 oz Ag, where "Ag" comes from the Latin word for silver, Argentum).

This coin was issued as part of a four-coin silver proof set by the Czech Mint, featuring the Lords of Pernštejn noble family.

The Mint says about it:
Through this set of silver coins The Czech Mint presents an interesting segment of our history, which represent the members of the famous Moravian noble family - the Pernštejn. Originally, the Lords of Medlov got their name in the middle of the XIII century by the newly built castle Pernštejn in the Regionof Žďársko. The dominant feature of the character is a black bison head with an elongated withy plaque in gold field. According to legend, the family was founded by the collier Věňava, who caught and tamed wild bison, brought his with the withy inserted through the nostrils to the king to Brno and beheaded him with an axe. For this his bravery and strength he gained from the sovereign prerogatives, wooded areas and a crest commemorating his feat. The first documented member of the family was then Hotart - mentions of him dates back to the year 1174. His son was Štepán from Medlov, from whom comes the first name Pernštejn later.

The biggest expansion of the Perštejn was in the 16th century. Along with the Rožmberk they belonged to the most powerful families of the Czech crown. Thanks to the expansion of land ownership and sophisticated management they soon ranked among the three richest families. They had large estates not only in Moravia. In eastern Bohemia, for example, they built a significant network of ponds and irrigation ditches, many of which still exist today. The Pernštejns died out in the 17th century and the last man was Vratislav of Pernštejn and the last wife his aunt Polyxena. Their heirs became Lobkowicz, who also took the famous coat of arms.

María Manrique de Lara y Mendoza (about 1538 - 16th February 1608), who is depicted on this coin, was a Spanish noblewoman, maid of honour of the future Empress Maria of Spain. She married Vratislav II of Pernstein and bore him 21 children; apart from that, she became famous for the statue, later known as the Infant Jesus of Prague, which she brought to the Bohemia, now the Czech Republic. She gave it as a wedding gift to her daughter Polyxena, who later donated it to the Carmelites in Prague.

MintCzech Mint Mint MarkMonogram ČM Total Mintage800
Obverse
Niue / Silver Half Ounce 2015 María Manrique de Lara y Mendoza - obverse photo

In the upper half of the obverse, 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. There are no designer's initials below the effigy.

Around left, ELIZABETH II.; around right, NIUE ISLAND. Horizontally below the effigy, the face value and date of issue 1 DOLLAR · 2015. Below the 5 of the date, the mint mark of the Czech Mint - a crowned monogram of the letters ČM (Česká mincovna).

In the lower half of the obverse, a depiction of the legendary Věňava leading a bull by the nose and brandishing a club in his right hand.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II. NIUE ISLAND 1 DOLLAR · 2015
Reverse
Niue / Silver Half Ounce 2015 María Manrique de Lara y Mendoza - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows the portrait of María Manrique de Lara y Mendoza.

Around left, the dates of her life: (1538) · 1608; around the rim, her name: MARIE MANRIQUE de LARA z PERNŠTEJNA.

The designer's monogram JB (for Jaroslav Bejvl) is in the field above right.

Reverse Inscription (1538) · 1608 MARIE MANRIQUE de LARA z PERNŠTEJNA
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Issued in Set
Lords of Pernštejn Noble Family - Silver Coin Set, mintage 800
4 coins: 1/2 oz Silver, Vilém of Pernštejn and Helfštejn, 1/2 oz Silver, Jan IV of Pernštejn, 1/2 oz Silver, Vratislav II of Pernštejn, 1/2 oz Silver, María Manrique de Lara y Mendoza
See also

There is also a gold coin featuring María Manrique de Lara y Mendoza, with a different design.

All (29) coins of type: Silver Half Ounce (1/2 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Silver Half Ounce 2013 Olympics - David Svoboda 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II. 1 DOLLAR NIUE ISLAND 2013
Silver Half Ounce 2013 Olympics - Barbora Špotáková 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II. 1 DOLLAR NIUE ISLAND 2013
Silver Half Ounce 2013 Olympics - Mirka Knapková 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II. 1 DOLLAR NIUE ISLAND 2013
Silver Half Ounce 2013 Paralympics - Jiří Ježek 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II. 1 DOLLAR NIUE ISLAND 2013
Silver Half Ounce 2013 Camille de Rohan 800 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · NIUE ISLAND 1 DOLLAR 2013
Silver Half Ounce 2013 Henri II de Rohan 800 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · NIUE ISLAND 1 DOLLAR 2013
Silver Half Ounce 2013 Louis René de Rohan 800 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · NIUE ISLAND 1 DOLLAR 2013
Silver Half Ounce 2013 Marie de Rohan 800 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · NIUE ISLAND 1 DOLLAR 2013
Silver Half Ounce 2014 Hynek of Kunštát 800 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II. · · NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR · 2014 ·
Silver Half Ounce 2014 Viktorin of Kunštát 800 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II. · · NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR · 2014 ·
Silver Half Ounce 2014 King George of Poděbrady 800 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II. · · NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR · 2014 ·
Silver Half Ounce 2014 Charles I of Münsterberg 800 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II. · · NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR · 2014 ·
Silver Half Ounce 2015 Vilém of Pernštejn and Helfštejn 800 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II. NIUE ISLAND 1 DOLLAR · 2015
Silver Half Ounce 2015 Jan IV of Pernštejn 800 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II. NIUE ISLAND 1 DOLLAR · 2015
Silver Half Ounce 2015 Vratislav II of Pernštejn 800 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II. NIUE ISLAND 1 DOLLAR · 2015
Silver Half Ounce 2015 María Manrique de Lara y Mendoza 800 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II. NIUE ISLAND 1 DOLLAR · 2015
Silver Half Ounce 2016 Plichta of Žerotín 800 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait 2016 ELIZABETH II · NIUE ISLAND 1 DOLLAR
Silver Half Ounce 2016 Charles the Elder of Žerotín 800 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait 2016 ELIZABETH II · NIUE ISLAND 1 DOLLAR
Silver Half Ounce 2016 Elizabeth Juliana of Žerotín 800 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait 2016 ELIZABETH II · NIUE ISLAND 1 DOLLAR
Silver Half Ounce 2016 Charles Emmanuel of Žerotín 800 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait 2016 ELIZABETH II · NIUE ISLAND 1 DOLLAR
Silver Half Ounce 2017 John of Rosenthal 150 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND 1 DOLLAR 2017
Silver Half Ounce 2017 Lev of Rosenthal 150 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND 1 DOLLAR 2017
Silver Half Ounce 2017 Johanka of Rosenthal 150 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND 1 DOLLAR 2017
Silver Half Ounce 2017 Zdenek Lev of Rosenthal 150 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND 1 DOLLAR 2017
Silver Half Ounce 2018 Czechoslovak Airmen - Battle of Britain 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NIUE ISLAND · ELIZABETH II · 1 DOLLAR · 2018 ·
Silver Half Ounce 2018 Czechoslovak Airmen - KX-B Landing 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NIUE ISLAND · ELIZABETH II · 1 DOLLAR · 2018 ·
Silver Half Ounce 2018 Czechoslovak Airmen - Stonewall 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NIUE ISLAND · ELIZABETH II · 1 DOLLAR · 2018 ·
Silver Half Ounce 2018 Czechoslovak Airmen - Return Home 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NIUE ISLAND · ELIZABETH II · 1 DOLLAR · 2018 ·
Gold Half Ounce 2020 Czech Lion 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NIUE ISLAND ELIZABETH II 25 DOLLARS 2020
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Silver Half Ounce 2015 María Manrique de Lara y Mendoza: Details
CountryNiue
CurrencyNiue Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Half Ounce (1/2 oz)
Issued2015
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value1 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage800
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerJaroslav Bejvl
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size34.000 mm
Mass16.000 g
OCC IDWMRA-EQPC-AQNZ-OYPL
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