Silver Ounce 2020 Czech Lion, Coin from Niue - detailed information

Silver Ounce 2020 Czech Lion, Coin from Niue
CoinSilver Ounce 2020 Czech Lion

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 - typically, one ounce of silver (abbreviated as 1 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 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 the "Czech Lion" series of gold and silver coins, minted since 2017. World bullion coins are often dedicated to national symbols, therefore the "Czech Lion", which is the first issue of its kind intended for the Czech market, is not an exception. The weight of this silver coin by the Czech Mint is one troy ounce.

The Mint says about it:
Every Czech knows that a two-tailed lion is the dominant heraldic animal of the Czech Republic. But how did this exotic beast get into the emblem of a country situated in the heart of Europe? The legend of Bruncvík, the mythical prince, who left his beloved woman and set out in the world to seek honour and glory, provides a hint. When he was shipwrecked in far Africa, he helped the animal king to fight the beast. Since then the grateful lion followed him, they experienced many adventures and won a miracle sword. Bruncvík returned to the Czech lands after seven long years and fought for the heart of his beloved one. They lived happily until death, and immortalised the faithful lion on the banner.

Old chroniclers offer more plausible explanations, but they like to colour their stories, so you can find a number of discrepancies there. The first truly documented Czech lion was a symbol of the Přemyslid dynasty and appeared on the equestrian seal of Vladislav Henry in 1203. The lion became the national symbol during the reign of Ottokar II of Bohemia, the Iron and Golden King.

The Czech Mint reworked all variants of investment coins in 2020, but the main idea remained. In addition to the Czech lion in a not-traditionally realistic presentation, the reverse side of the gold coin presents two more symbols of Czech statehood - the St Wenceslas crown on the head of a two-tailed beast, and an eagle on the shield, which is a synthesis of the St Wenceslas, Moravian and Silesian birds of prey.

MintCzech Mint Mint MarkMonogram ČM Total Mintage24,000
Obverse
Niue / Silver Ounce 2020 Czech Lion - 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 2 DOLLARS 2020.

The date is surrounded by sprigs of linden - the Czech national tree. Below the date, the mint mark of the Czech Mint - a crowned monogram of the letters ČM (Česká mincovna).

Obverse Inscription NIUE ISLAND ELIZABETH II 2 DOLLARS 2020
Reverse
Niue / Silver Ounce 2020 Czech Lion - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin represents a realistic depiction of a lion walking to left and facing the viewer, crowned with the crown of St Wenceslas (Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia between 921 and 935).

The background has the shape of a shield, on which an eagle outline is the symbol of Moravia and Silesia, two of the three historical Czech lands represented on the Coat of Arms of the Czech Republic (the outlines of the two eagles are identical, they only differ in colour, which is not shown on the coin).

Around left and right, facing outward, the inscription ČESKÁ REPUBLIKA (Czech Republic). Horizontally above, the precious metal content: 1oz Ag 999 (one troy ounce of 99.9% silver; Ag is abbreviated from "Argentum", the Latin word for silver).

In the lower left, the designer's monogram. Below left and right, sprigs of linden - the Czech national tree.

Reverse Inscription ČESKÁ REPUBLIKA 1oz Ag 999
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: bullion (Brilliant Uncirculated).
Packaging: in individual capsule.
Czech Mint Product Code: 75710-750
Date of issue: March 2020
Issue price: 1,145 CZK, 44.90 EUR

The total mintage is 24,000 coins - of which 7950 are placed in a protective capsule intended for the Czech market, another 15000 pieces placed in a protective capsule are intended for foreign countries, 1000 pieces are placed in numbered packaging and 50 pieces are included in sets of silver coins.

Issued in Set
Czech Lion 2020 Five Coin Silver Set, mintage 50
5 coins: 1 kg Silver, 10 oz Silver, 5 oz Silver, 2 oz Silver, 1 oz Silver
See also

Coins in the Czech Lion series issued in 2020 include:
- 1 kg Gold, Czech Lion 2020
- 10 oz Gold, Czech Lion 2020
- 5 oz Gold, Czech Lion 2020
- 1 oz Gold, Czech Lion 2020
- 1/2 oz Gold, Czech Lion 2020
- 1/4 oz Gold, Czech Lion 2020
- 1/25 oz Gold, Czech Lion 2020
- 1 kg Silver, Czech Lion 2020
- 10 oz Silver, Czech Lion 2020
- 5 oz Silver, Czech Lion 2020
- 2 oz Silver, Czech Lion 2020
- 1 oz Silver, Czech Lion 2020

Silver Ounce 2020 Czech Lion: Known varieties
Variety In numbered card
Mintage Issued: 1,000 (included in total)
Details

Brilliant Uncirculated coin in a numbered blister card. Czech Mint Product Code: 75714-750. Date of issue: May 2020.

Variety Gold Plated Proof
Images Niue / Silver Ounce 2020 Czech Lion / Gold Plated Proof - obverse photo Niue / Silver Ounce 2020 Czech Lion / Gold Plated Proof - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 1,000 (included in total)
Details

Proof, with the lion on the reverse selectively gold plated. In a numbered blister card. Czech Mint Product Code: 75715-751. Date of issue: October 2020.

All (64) coins of type: Silver Ounce (1 oz), Bullion
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Silver Ounce 2014 Hawksbill Turtle unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2014
Silver Ounce 2015 Hawksbill Turtle unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2015
Silver Ounce 2016 Hawksbill Turtle unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2016
Silver Ounce 2017 Athenian Owl unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2017
Silver Ounce 2017 Hawksbill Turtle unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2017
Silver Ounce 2017 African Lion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2017
Silver Ounce 2017 Darth Vader 250,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2017
Silver Ounce 2018 Hawksbill Turtle unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2018
Silver Ounce 2018 Athenian Owl unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2018
Silver Ounce 2018 Roaring Lion of Judah 50,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2018
Silver Ounce 2018 Tree of Life 50,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2018
Silver Ounce 2018 Darth Vader 250,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2018
Silver Ounce 2018 Stormtrooper 250,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2018
Silver Ounce 2018 Scrooge McDuck 250,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2018
Silver Ounce 2019 Hawksbill Turtle unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2019
Silver Ounce 2019 Athenian Owl unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2019
Silver Ounce 2019 Roaring Lion of Judah 50,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2019
Silver Ounce 2019 Tree of Life 50,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2019
Silver Ounce 2019 Darth Vader 100,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2019
Silver Ounce 2019 Clone Trooper 250,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2019
Silver Ounce 2019 Czech Lion 9,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait · NIUE ISLAND 2 DOLLARS ELIZABETH II · 2019 ·
Silver Ounce 2019 Czech Lion, Reverse Proof 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NIUE ISLAND ELIZABETH II · 2 DOLLARS · 2019 ·
Silver Ounce 2019 Lion King - 25th Anniversary 25,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2019
Silver Ounce 2019 Year of the Pig, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2019
Silver Ounce 2019 Mickey Mouse - Fantasia 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE 2 DOLLARS 2019
Silver Ounce 2019 Mickey Christmas 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2019
Silver Ounce 2019 Donald Duck 85th Anniversary, Bullion 85,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2019
Silver Ounce 2020 Athenian Owl unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2020
Silver Ounce 2020 Roaring Lion of Judah 50,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2020
Silver Ounce 2020 Tree of Life 50,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2020
Silver Ounce 2020 Hawksbill Turtle unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2020
Silver Ounce 2020 Czech Lion 24,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NIUE ISLAND ELIZABETH II 2 DOLLARS 2020
Silver Ounce 2020 Darth Vader 100,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2020
Silver Ounce 2020 Boba Fett 100,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2020
Silver Ounce 2020 Mandalorian Mythosaur 25,000 Public Seal of Niue TWO DOLLARS 2020 PUBLIC SEAL OF NIUE
Silver Ounce 2020 Lion King - The Circle of Life 25,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2020
Silver Ounce 2020 Year of the Rat, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2020
Silver Ounce 2020 Jurassic Park 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2020
Silver Ounce 2020 Back to the Future 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2020
Silver Ounce 2021 Lion King - Hakuna Matata 25,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2021
Silver Ounce 2021 Donald and Daisy 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2021
Silver Ounce 2021 Year of the Ox, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2021
Silver Ounce 2021 Athenian Owl unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2021
Silver Ounce 2021 Hawksbill Turtle unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2021
Silver Ounce 2021 Roaring Lion of Judah 150,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2021
Silver Ounce 2021 Tree of Life 150,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2021
Silver Ounce 2021 Czech Lion 15,400 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · NIUE ISLAND · 2 DOLLARS · 2021
Silver Ounce 2021 Slovakia Eagle 18,700 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NIUE ISLAND ELIZABETH II - 2 DOLLARS - 2021 -
Silver Ounce 2021 Batman 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2021
Silver Ounce 2021 Wonder Woman 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2021
Silver Ounce 2021 Superman 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2021
Silver Ounce 2021 Millennium Falcon 100,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2021
Silver Ounce 2021 Galactic Empire 25,000 Public Seal of Niue TWO DOLLARS 2021 PUBLIC SEAL OF NIUE
Silver Ounce 2021 The Mandalorian 25,000 Public Seal of Niue TWO DOLLARS 2021 PUBLIC SEAL OF NIUE
Silver Ounce 2021 Grogu (Baby Yoda) 25,000 Public Seal of Niue TWO DOLLARS 2021 PUBLIC SEAL OF NIUE
Silver Ounce 2021 Mickey Mouse and Goofy 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE 2 DOLLARS 2021
Silver Ounce 2021 Mandalorian - Beskar Bar 50,000 Public Seal of Niue TWO DOLLARS 2021 PUBLIC SEAL OF NIUE 1 TROY OZ 999 FINE SILVER
Silver Ounce 2021 Pirates of the Caribbean - The Black Pearl 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2021
Silver Ounce 2021 Pirates of the Caribbean - The Flying Dutchman 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2021
Silver Ounce 2021 Back to the Future 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2021
Silver Ounce 2021 Shrek, Bullion 22,000 Public Seal of Niue TWO DOLLARS 2021 PUBLIC SEAL OF NIUE
Silver Ounce 2021 Mickey Christmas 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2021
Silver Ounce 2022 Year of the Tiger, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2022
Silver Ounce 2022 Hawksbill Turtle unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2022
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Silver Ounce 2020 Czech Lion: Details
CountryNiue
CurrencyNiue Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz), Bullion
Issued2020
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
ReverseCzech Lion
Face Value2 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage24,000
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerAsamat Baltaev
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size37.000 mm
Mass31.100 g
OCC IDWMRA-EQPC-RKKV-OYPL
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