Silver Ounce 2019 Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Coin from Niue - detailed information

Silver Ounce 2019 Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Coin from Niue
CoinSilver Ounce 2019 Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

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 - typically, one ounce of silver (abbreviated as 1 oz Ag, where "Ag" comes from the Latin word for silver, Argentum). Many of these feature popular characters from myths, legends and tales.

This coin is part of a New Zealand Mint series dedicated to characters from popular myths and legends and features Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.

The Mint says about it:
"Renowned for being one of the most familiar Arabian Nights tales, the Arabian folklore of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves features on the first release in the stunning new Legendary Tales Coin Collection struck in 1oz pure silver. This silver coin utilises engraving to depict the iconic scene in which Ali Baba overhears the forty thieves visiting the cave in which their treasure is kept. The coin is delivered in book-style packaging in keeping with Arabic theme. The Certificate of Authenticity is printed alongside the coin. The obverse features the effigy of the Niue Coat of Arms and is legal tender in Niue. The Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves 1oz Silver Coin is limited to only 3,000 coins worldwide."

Finish: antique.
Packaging: boxed in a themed box, with numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

MintNew Zealand Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage3,000
Obverse
Niue / Silver Ounce 2019 Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves - obverse photo

The obverse features the "Public Seal of Niue" (it has to be noted that this is not the official seal...)

It has what looks like a plant arrangement at centre, within a double ornamental circle, itself surrounded by a circle of sea shells. This is crowned with St Edward's Crown (of the United Kingdom). Around above between the two, the inscription PUBLIC SEAL OF NIUE.

Below that, a ribbon carries the motto ATUA NIUE TUKULAGI on two lines, below which two crossed katoua (Niue fighting clubs).

Around above, the face value TWO DOLLARS. Around below, the date of issue 2019.

The design is "reverse frosted" - the fields are frosted while the design elements are polished.

Obverse Inscription TWO DOLLARS 2019 PUBLIC SEAL OF NIUE
Reverse
Niue / Silver Ounce 2019 Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves - reverse photo

The reverse design depicts, within an ornamental rim with Arab motifs, the iconic scene in which Ali Baba overhears the forty thieves visiting the cave in which their treasure is kept, from the eponymous tale from the "One Thousand and One Nights", known in English as the Arabian Tales.

Inscribed in small letters below, the precious metal content: 1 oz 999 FINE SILVER (one ounce of 99.9% silver).

Reverse Inscription 1 oz 999 FINE SILVER
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
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Silver Ounce 2019 Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves: Details
CountryNiue
CurrencyNiue Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz), Mythical Characters
Issued2019
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyPublic Seal of Niue
Face Value2 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage3,000
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size40.000 mm
Mass31.100 g
OCC IDYRVP-OVRC-RYNN-ODQG
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