Silver Half Ounce 2018 Czechoslovak Airmen - Stonewall, Coin from Niue - detailed information

Silver Half Ounce 2018 Czechoslovak Airmen - Stonewall, Coin from Niue
CoinSilver Half Ounce 2018 Czechoslovak Airmen - Stonewall

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 marks the Stonewall Operation which sank the German blockade breaker SS Alsterufer.

The Mint says about it:
The 2018 coins in the set commemorate significant events: the first deployment of the 310th fighter wing in the Battle of Britain, the emergency landing of the KX-B airplane, the Stonewall operation that sank the German blockade breaker SS Alsterufer, together with the triumphant return of the Czechoslovaks to their homeland. On the obverse side of each there is an inscription marking all dates related to the individual reverse sides.

What was behind the code name "Stonewall"? Five ships , whose task was to break the British naval blockade and strengthen the German war machine, sailed from Japan in 1943. It was not about battleships, but about cargo ships that carried vital commodities in the crucial year of the war. They sailed fast and unescorted in order to escape the enemy's attention. Yet they were armed for all cases, and were called "blockade breakers". Alsterufer, which had 344 tons of tungsten for tank armour, was the most important of these. It escaped when the British patrol aircraft saw it in the North Atlantic, and the German Air Force and Navy came to help. The British wanted the ship sunk at any cost, so the race with time started. Eight Czechoslovaks, who were crew members of the Liberator bomber 311 brigade, were also involved in the hunt. In spite of the danger from furious Alsterufer gunfire, they made a headfirst air strike and repeatedly hit it. The ship sank with the precious cargo, which represented the year-round consumption of the imperial warfare economy. No wonder the airmen soon became celebrities - British newspapers, Parliament and even King George VI voiced their appreciation for them.

MintCzech Mint Mint MarkMonogram ČM Total Mintage500
Obverse
Niue / Silver Half Ounce 2018 Czechoslovak Airmen - Stonewall - 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 · ELIZABETH II · 1 DOLLAR · 2018 ·.

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

In a second circle around the rim, the dates 26. 8. 1940 ··· 28. 12. 1941 ··· 27. 12. 1943 ··· 13. 8. 1945 ···.

Obverse Inscription NIUE ISLAND · ELIZABETH II · 1 DOLLAR · 2018 ·
Reverse
Niue / Silver Half Ounce 2018 Czechoslovak Airmen - Stonewall - reverse photo

The reverse design depicts a Liberator bomber flying over the burning German ship SS Alsterufer.

The designer's monogram ZF (for Zbyněk Fojtů) is on the left.

Around below, the inscription OPERCACE STONEWALL (in Czech: Operation Stonewall).

Reverse Inscription OPERCACE STONEWALL
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Issued in Set
Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF - Significant Events, Silver, mintage 500
4 coins: 1/2 oz Silver Battle of Britain, 1/2 oz Silver KX-B Landing, 1/2 oz Silver Operation Stonewall, 1/2 oz Silver Czechoslovak Airmen Return Home
See also

There is also a gold quarter ounce with the same 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 2018 Czechoslovak Airmen - Stonewall: Details
CountryNiue
CurrencyNiue Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Half Ounce (1/2 oz)
Issued2018
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 IDYRVP-OVRC-WGGM-ODQG
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