Silver Ounce 2021 Dog Breeds - German Shepherd, Coin from Niue - detailed information

Silver Ounce 2021 Dog Breeds - German Shepherd, Coin from Niue
CoinSilver Ounce 2021 Dog Breeds - German Shepherd

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 various animals.

This coin is the first issue in the Dog Breeds series of coloured silver coins by the Czech Mint and features the German Shepherd.

The Mint says about it:
The twelve-part series of silver coins of the Czech Mint is dedicated to the most popular dog breeds. The first issue belongs to the German shepherd. The breeding of various sheepdogs has a long and rich tradition in Germany. There was a law that severely punished their killing in the 6th century. No wonder - they protected humans from dangerous predators such as bears and lynx.

Human society changed from agricultural to industrial over the centuries, and sheep dogs seemed to be less popular. However, the breed with the prosaic name "German shepherd", which was bred in the 19th century, gained a completely new usage thanks to its useful properties. Fearless, faithful, intelligent, easy to handle, undemanding and adaptable dogs have found a home at the police or in the army. It is not without interest that during the First World War, German shepherds were used to take wounded soldiers off the battlefield, which then led to the training of the first guide dogs.

MintCzech Mint Mint MarkMonogram ČM Total Mintage1,000
Obverse
Niue / Silver Ounce 2021 Dog Breeds - German Shepherd - obverse photo

In a small oval in the upper part of the obverse, 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 small letters below, the initials of the artist, IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

The rest of the central part of the obverse shows human and dog footprints on the ground. The designer's initials MD (for Martin Dašek) are below and to the right of the oval containing the Queen's portrait. On its left, the mint mark of the Czech Mint - a crowned monogram of the letters ČM (Česká mincovna).

Around the rim, the monarch's legend, face value and date of issue: NIUE ISLAND ELIZABETH II - 1 DOLLAR - 2021 -.

Obverse Inscription NIUE ISLAND ELIZABETH II - 1 DOLLAR - 2021 -
Reverse
Niue / Silver Ounce 2021 Dog Breeds - German Shepherd - reverse photo

The reverse side of the coin shows two depictions of a German shepherd. The first is coloured, and emphasises the black-yellow fur. The second is in relief and shows the service breed at the training ground.

Around above, the name of the breed in Czech: NĚMECKÝ OVČÁK; around below, the same in English: GERMAN SHEPHERD.

Reverse Inscription NĚMECKÝ OVČÁK GERMAN SHEPHERD
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: proof, coloured.
Packaging: in protective capsule and a black leather case, with Certificate of Authenticity in Czech, Slovak and English.
Czech Mint Product Code: 75849-718
Date of issue: February 2021
Issue price: 1,740 CZK, 68.00 EUR

See also

Coins in the Dog Breeds series by the Czech Mint issued for Niue include:
- 1 oz Silver Proof Coloured, German Shepherd 2021
- 1 oz Silver Proof Coloured, Dachshund 2021
- 1 oz Silver Proof Coloured, Yorkshire Terrier 2021
- 1 oz Silver Proof Coloured, Golden Retriever 2021

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Silver Ounce 2021 Dog Breeds - German Shepherd: Details
CountryNiue
CurrencyNiue Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz), Animals
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value1 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage1,000
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerMartin Dašek
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size37.000 mm
Mass31.100 g
OCC IDWMRA-OQPC-RNPQ-EYPL
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