|Coin||Silver Half Ounce 2016 Charles Emmanuel of Žerotín|
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 is part of the four coin Lords of Žerotín noble family set by the Czech Mint and is dedicated to Charles Emmanuel of Žerotín.
The Mint says about it:
Charles Emmanuel of Žerotín (1850-1934) graduated in law and joined the civil service. He went astray from the bureaucratic path in order to pursue a political career. He became a member of the Imperial Council and later also a Secret Councillor. The highlight of his political career was the function of Moravian governor, which made him the highest representative of government in the country. He only fathered three daughters and thus was the last male descendant of an ancient family. A number of his photographs have been preserved and on the reverse of the coin we can find him in a formal attire with a well-groomed moustache.
||Mint Mark||Monogram ČM
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.
On the left, the the date of issue 2016, below which the Queen's legend ELIZABETH II · NIUE ISLAND, below which the face value 1 DOLLAR.
The lower right half of the obverse has a decorative geometric pattern. At centre below, the mint mark of the Czech Mint - a crowned monogram of the letters ČM (Česká mincovna).
The reverse design of the coin shows a portrait of Charles Emmanuel of Žerotín.
Around below, his name in Czech language, KAREL EMANUEL ZE ŽEROTÍNA, followed by the dates of his life (the writing facing the opposite way): 1850 · 1934 ·.
||KAREL EMANUEL ZE ŽEROTÍNA · 1850 · 1934
Packaging: in four-coin set.
Date of issue: June 2016.