|Coin||Silver Half Ounce 2016 Elizabeth Juliana 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 Elizabeth Juliana of Žerotín.
The Mint says about it:
Elizabeth Juliana of Žerotín (approximately 1630-1669) was a Silesian noblewoman. She contributed to the Žerotín family and helped it get over the crisis period when they were threatened with extinction. As a Catholic, she improved the position of her husband, who before marriage had converted, and became acceptable to the Habsburgs. Her fate was typical for a woman of this time. It was a chain of pregnancies, for which she paid with her life. Out of the seven children only two sons survived; one of them became the successor of the family. The reverse of the coin is based on an excellent portrait and the beauty of the noble lady highlights the headdress.
||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 Czech noblewoman Elizabeth Juliana of Žerotín.
Around below, her name in modern Czech language, ALŽBĚTA JULIANA ŽEROTÍNOVÁ, preceded by the dates of her life (the writing facing the opposite way): · (1630) · 1669. Around above her name, Z OPPERSDORFU ("of Oppersdorf") - her family title before marriage.
||ALŽBĚTA JULIANA ŽEROTÍNOVÁ · (1630) · 1669
Packaging: in four-coin set.
Date of issue: June 2016.