Silver Half Ounce 2017 Czechoslovak Airmen - Josef František, Coin from Niue - detailed information

Silver Half Ounce 2017 Czechoslovak Airmen - Josef František, Coin from Niue
CoinSilver Half Ounce 2017 Czechoslovak Airmen - Josef František

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 set commemorating Czechoslovak airmen who fought as part of the Royal Air Force (RAF) during World War II, and pays tribute to Josef František.

The Mint says about it:
When the Luftwaffe launched the so-called "Blitz", which means a series of night bombing raids on English towns in September 1940, the Royal Air Force had no effective defence. The night pilots need to have good eyesight and a good dose of luck. The results of these risky actions, of course, did not match the effort, and therefore they began to quickly develop night fighter squadrons equipped with specialised technology - the on-board radar that was invented in Britain. Night fighter squadron RAF number 68 was established on 7 January 1941 and the first Czechoslovaks joined it in July of the same year. During the Second World War they fought not only against German aircraft, but also ships and missiles.

The fates of Czechoslovak aces were different - some fought in France, others were given the opportunity to shine in the sky above Great Britain. Some of them fell in battle, others returned to their homeland. Finally, their leaders turned their backs on them. However, their courage will never be forgotten.

MintCzech Mint Mint MarkMonogram ČM Total Mintage500
Obverse
Niue / Silver Half Ounce 2017 Czechoslovak Airmen - Josef František - 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).

The portrait is in a small circle above the centre; the rest of the centre is taken by the representation of the cockpit of a Hurricane fighter.

Around above, the monarch's legend: · ELIZABETH II · · NIUE ISLAND ·; around below, the date of issue and the face value · 1 DOLLAR · 2017 ·.

The face value is preceded by the mint mark of the Czech Mint - a crowned monogram of the letters ČM (Česká mincovna); after the date, the designer's monogram ZF (for Zbyněk Fojtů).

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · · NIUE ISLAND · · 1 DOLLAR · 2017 ·
Reverse
Niue / Silver Half Ounce 2017 Czechoslovak Airmen - Josef František - reverse photo

The reverse design depicts Josef František (1914 - 1940), a Czechoslovak fighter pilot and Second World War fighter ace who flew for the air forces of Czechoslovakia, Poland, France, and the United Kingdom. He was the highest-scoring non-British Allied ace in the Battle of Britain, with 17 confirmed victories and one probable, all gained in a period of four weeks in September 1940. He was killed in a crash in October 1940 in the final week of the Battle of Britain.

The pilot is shown in an aviation mask with glasses. The squares on the left represent an enumeration of his confirmed victories.

His name is inscribed around left: JOSEF FRANTIŠEK.

Reverse Inscription JOSEF FRANTIŠEK
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

There is also a gold quarter ounce with the same design.

Issued in Set
Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF - Flying Aces, Silver, mintage 500
4 coins: 1/2 oz Silver, Alois Vašátko, 1/2 oz Silver, František Peřina, 1/2 oz Silver, Josef František, 1/2 oz Silver, Karel Kuttelwascher
All (36) 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 Czechoslovak Airmen - Alois Vašátko 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · · NIUE ISLAND · · 1 DOLLAR · 2017 ·
Silver Half Ounce 2017 Czechoslovak Airmen - František Peřina 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · · NIUE ISLAND · · 1 DOLLAR · 2017 ·
Silver Half Ounce 2017 Czechoslovak Airmen - Josef František 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · · NIUE ISLAND · · 1 DOLLAR · 2017 ·
Silver Half Ounce 2017 Czechoslovak Airmen - Karel Kuttelwascher 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · · NIUE ISLAND · · 1 DOLLAR · 2017 ·
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 ·
Silver Half Ounce 2019 Czechoslovak Airmen - 68th Squadron 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait · NIUE ISLAND · ELIZABETH II · 1 DOLLAR · 2019 ·
Silver Half Ounce 2019 Czechoslovak Airmen - Bristol Beaufighter 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait · NIUE ISLAND · ELIZABETH II · 1 DOLLAR · 2019 ·
Silver Half Ounce 2019 Czechoslovak Airmen - Aces 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait · NIUE ISLAND · ELIZABETH II · 1 DOLLAR · 2019 ·
Silver Half Ounce 2019 Czechoslovak Airmen - Combat Deployment 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait · NIUE ISLAND · ELIZABETH II · 1 DOLLAR · 2019 ·
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Silver Half Ounce 2017 Czechoslovak Airmen - Josef František: Details
CountryNiue
CurrencyNiue Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Half Ounce (1/2 oz)
Issued2017
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value1 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage500
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerZbyněk Fojtů
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size34.000 mm
Mass16.000 g
OCC IDRNAZ-EGWC-BDWV-EXJL
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