Silver Half Ounce 2018 Hawksbill Turtle, Coin from Niue - detailed information

Silver Half Ounce 2018 Hawksbill Turtle, Coin from Niue
CoinSilver Half Ounce 2018 Hawksbill Turtle

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 coins under the authority of Niue. Most of these are commemorative and collector issues dedicated to historical or general popular culture themes not related to Niue itself. Many of them are in standard bullion sizes - including half ounce of silver (abbreviated as 1 /2 oz Ag, where "Ag" comes from the Latin word for silver, Argentum). Those issued at prices much higher than their bullion value are separately listed in the Non-Circulating Legal Tender (NCLT) silver half ounce section of the site.

Unlike them, this coin is targeted at bullion investors and was initially released at a price close to the value of its precious metal content.

This coin is part of a New Zealand Mint series of silver bullion coins and features a Hawksbill Turtle.

The Mint says about it:
"The 1/2 oz Silver Turtle Bullion Coin - Niue features a Hawksbill or Taku Turtle, with a stylised shell pattern swimming through the waters of the Pacific Ocean, along with an engraved name, metal quality and weight. The Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata bissa), or locally named Taku, is one of two main turtle species of the South Pacific. Although they have a wide distribution throughout the world's tropical regions, Hawksbill turtles are considered critically endangered due to human fishing practices."

MintNew Zealand Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
Niue / Silver Half Ounce 2018 Hawksbill Turtle - 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: ELIZABETH II NIUE ONE DOLLAR 2018.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II NIUE ONE DOLLAR 2018
Reverse
Niue / Silver Half Ounce 2018 Hawksbill Turtle - reverse photo

The reverse features a Hawksbill (or Taku) Turtle swimming along the ocean floor amidst tiny bubbles. Around above left, the inscription TURTLE.

Around below, the precious metal content: FINE SILVER .999 1/2 oz (one half of a troy ounce of 99.9% silver).

Reverse Inscription TURTLE FINE SILVER .999 1/2 oz
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: bullion (Brilliant Uncirculated).

See also

Coins featuring the Hawksbill Turtle issued in 2018 for Niue include:
- 1 oz Gold Bullion, Hawksbill Turtle 2018
- 5 oz Silver Bullion, Hawksbill Turtle 2018
- 1 oz Silver Bullion, Hawksbill Turtle 2018
- 1/2 oz Silver Bullion, Hawksbill Turtle 2018

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Silver Half Ounce 2018 Hawksbill Turtle: Details
CountryNiue
CurrencyNiue Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Half Ounce (1/2 oz), Bullion
Issued2018
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value1 (x Dollar)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size32.500 mm
Thickness2.700 mm
Mass15.550 g
OCC IDPMVR-EAPC-RJNN-ONQG
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