Silver Ounce 2019 Sinbad the Sailor, Coin from Niue - detailed information

Silver Ounce 2019 Sinbad the Sailor, Coin from Niue
CoinSilver Ounce 2019 Sinbad the Sailor

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 Sinbad the Sailor.

The story of Sinbad the Sailor is regarded as one of the most famous Arabian Nights tales. The tale tells the story of the adventurous merchant from Basra and of his seven voyages, which takes him to the various corners of the known world. In the premier story, which is itself narrated by Scheherazade, who herself shares one summer night to King Shahriar, the tale is set during the rule of Harun al-Rashid (766 - 809), the fifth Abbasid Caliph, who ruled from 786 to 809. It begins with a wealthy merchant who lived in Baghdad and died, leaving his wealth to his son, whose name was Sinbad. Unfortunately, Sinbad was careless with his money, and before long, he lost everything. Not knowing what to do or where to turn, Sinbad tries his luck at sea, and so, with his pockets empty, he travels to the port of Basra. There he boarded a merchant ship, and within days, he was at sea, going from ocean to ocean. Sinbad proved to be a hard working, excellent sailor and a talented merchant who soon began to dream of making his fortune at sea.

Sinbad is either marooned or shipwrecked after he sets sail from the city of Basra with the merchandise. He is able to overcome the challenges he encounters by employing his own resourcefulness and returns home with a fortune. Sinbad’s journey from prosperity to loss, experienced during a voyage filled with adventure, is repeated in the structure of each of his stories. During his return, Sinbad, now prosperous in turn, hears the prayers of a tired porter, who takes a break to rest on the bench outside a mansion. Sitting on the bench, he complains to Allah that it is not fair that some are so poor and others enjoy luxuries. The owner of the house happens to be Sinbad the Sailor, who tells the porter that he was also poor once and that he became wealthy only by fate and destiny. He then begins the narrative of his own seven voyages that made him rich.

MintNew Zealand Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage3,000
Obverse
Niue / Silver Ounce 2019 Sinbad the Sailor - 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 Sinbad the Sailor - reverse photo

The reverse design depicts Sinbad the Sailor from the eponymous tale from the "One Thousand and One Nights", known in English as the Arabian Tales. He is navigating a raft, with a basket full of precious stones next to him.

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

Reverse Inscription 1 oz 999 FINE SILVER
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

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

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Silver Ounce 2019 Sinbad the Sailor: 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 IDRMKG-OZAC-BYRN-ENXQ
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