Silver Ounce 2021 Czech Lion, Coin from Niue - detailed information

Silver Ounce 2021 Czech Lion, Coin from Niue
CoinSilver Ounce 2021 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 mintage 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 legend of Bruncvík, a mythical prince who travelled to Africa, where he helped the animal king to fight the dragon, belongs to the most famous stories of how an exotic lion became a symbol of the Czech land. Old chroniclers offer a more plausible explanation. According to them, Emperor Frederick Barbarossa rewarded Prince Vladislaus II with a royal crown and a new heraldic animal, which replaced the previous eagle in 1158.

The lion represented the knight's virtues, strength and courage, which were demonstrated by Vladislaus during the conquest of Milan in the imperial service. And how did the heraldic beast come to its second tail? Heroism played a key role again. King Ottokar I of Bohemia helped Emperor Otto IV. in the fight against the Saxons in 1204, and the Czech lion received a second tail for it, which distinguished it from the beasts of other nations and provided it with a unique prestige. However, medieval writers liked to colour their stories, therefore they are not a reliable source of information. The first verifiable Czech lion was a symbol of the Přemyslid dynasty and appears on the equestrian seal of Vladislaus Henry from 1203. Only Ottokar II, the Iron and Golden King, placed the lion on the coat of arms.

All variants of the bullion coin were reworked in 2021, but the main idea remains. The reverse sides are dominated by the Czech lion in a non-traditionally realistic rendering, with the St. Wenceslas Crown on its head. The obverse sides bear an eagle on a shield, which is a synthesis of St. Wenceslas, Moravian and Silesian predators.

The author is medal maker Asamat Baltaev, DiS, who also designed earlier the coins in the series. Since the Czech Mint's coins are licensed by a foreign issuer, the island of Niue, their obverse sides bear its necessary attributes - the name and portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, the year of issue 2021 and the nominal value of 2 dollars (NZD).

The Czech Mint says that "While investment coins of foreign mints are minted in millions of pieces, the emission limit of coins minted in the Czech Republic is counted in hundreds or thousands. This fact increases the potential for appreciation of investment and adds a collector's dimension. Thanks to the artistic processing, the coin will also serve perfectly as an original and valuable gift - for graduation, wedding, the birth of a child or just for fun..."

MintCzech Mint Mint MarkMonogram ČM Total Mintage10,400
Obverse
Niue / Silver Ounce 2021 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: ELIZABETH II · NIUE ISLAND · 2 DOLLARS · 2021.

The effigy and legend are in a small circle in the centre of the obverse. The wide rim around it has a relief pattern of a "flaming eagle" on a shield, representing 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).

In the lower right, the mint mark of the Czech Mint - a crowned monogram of the letters ČM (Česká mincovna).

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · NIUE ISLAND · 2 DOLLARS · 2021
Reverse
Niue / Silver Ounce 2021 Czech Lion - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin represents a realistic depiction of a lion's head, crowned with the crown of St Wenceslas (Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia between 921 and 935).

Around left, facing outward, the inscription ČESKÁ REPUBLIKA (Czech Republic). Around right, 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 right, the designer's monogram is overlaid on the lion's mane.

Below right, a sprig of linden - the Czech national tree.

Reverse Inscription ČESKÁ REPUBLIKA 1oz Ag 999
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: bullion (Brilliant Uncirculated).
Date of issue: March 2021
Product Code: 75956-750
Issue price: 1,145 CZK, 44.90 EUR

Coins in individual packaging: 7,935 in capsules and 1,000 in blister cards.
Coins in sets: 300 in set with Slovak Eagle, and 65 in five-coin Czech Lion set.

Issued in Set
Czech Lion 2021 Five Coin Silver Set, mintage 65
5 coins: 1 kg Silver, 10 oz Silver, 5 oz Silver, 2 oz Silver, 1 oz Silver
Czech Lion and Slovak Eagle 2021, Silver, mintage 300
2 coins: 1 oz Silver, Czech Lion 2021, 1 oz Silver, Slovakia Eagle 2021
See also

Coins in the Czech Lion series issued in 2021 include:
- 1 oz Palladium, Czech Lion 2021
- 1 oz Platinum, Czech Lion 2021
- 5 kg Gold, Czech Lion 2021
- 1 kg Gold, Czech Lion 2021
- 10 oz Gold, Czech Lion 2021
- 5 oz Gold, Czech Lion 2021
- 1 oz Gold, Czech Lion 2021
- 1/2 oz Gold, Czech Lion 2021
- 1/4 oz Gold, Czech Lion 2021
- 1/25 oz Gold, Czech Lion 2021
- 3 kg Silver, Czech Lion 2021
- 1 kg Silver, Czech Lion 2021
- 10 oz Silver, Czech Lion 2021
- 5 oz Silver, Czech Lion 2021
- 2 oz Silver, Czech Lion 2021
- 1 oz Silver, Czech Lion 2021

Silver Ounce 2021 Czech Lion: Known varieties
Variety In card
Mintage Issued: 1,000 (included in total)
Details

In a numbered blister card. Product Code: 75957-750. Date of issue: May 2021. Issue price: 41.00 EUR.

Variety Proof
Images Niue / Silver Ounce 2021 Czech Lion / Proof - obverse photo Niue / Silver Ounce 2021 Czech Lion / Proof - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 100 (included in total)
Details

Date of issue: announced for pre-order April 2021, with availability in September 2021. Issued in a three-coin set.

In Set Czech Lion 2021 Silver / Platinum / Palladium Set, mintage 100
3 coins: 1 oz Palladium, 1 oz Platinum, 1 oz Silver
Variety Gold Plated Proof
Images Niue / Silver Ounce 2021 Czech Lion / Gold Plated Proof - obverse photo Niue / Silver Ounce 2021 Czech Lion / Gold Plated Proof - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 1,000 (included in total)
Details

Selectively gold plated reverse (the crown and the leaves below the lion). In numbered blister card.

Czech Mint Product Code: 75984-757. Date of issue: October 2021. Issue price: 62.00 EUR.

All (52) 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 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 Year of the Pig - Bullion unknown 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 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 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 10,400 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 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 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 2021 Czech Lion: Details
CountryNiue
CurrencyNiue Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz), Bullion
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
ReverseCzech Lion
Face Value2 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage10,400
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerAsamat Baltaev
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size37.000 mm
Mass31.100 g
OCC IDBVYX-EWRC-YGNY-OJZN
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