Silver Ounce 2021 King Arthur - Guinevere and Lancelot, Coin from Niue - detailed information

Silver Ounce 2021 King Arthur - Guinevere and Lancelot, Coin from Niue
CoinSilver Ounce 2021 King Arthur - Guinevere and Lancelot

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.

The third silver coin in the the Czech Mint four-part miniseries inspired by the legend of King Arthur commemorates the story of Guinevere and Lancelot.

Arthur's legendary comrades-in-arms were the knights who sat with him at a round table where all were equal. They included the valiant Gawain, the pure Galahad, the treacherous Mordred and the loyal Lancelot. The first task the king gave Lancelot was to bring him the sprightly Ginevra (Guinevere), who was Arthur's promised bride. The task looked easy, but as soon as the knight saw his future queen, he fell in love with her. Ginevra returned his feelings, but her commitment to her betrothed was stronger. Lancelot then tried to forget his love in his many adventures, but in vain.

When Queen Ginevra was kidnapped by Arthur's enemy Maleagant, Lancelot besieged his castle and rescued his lady. Although both were deeply devoted to Arthur, they could no longer resist the love that flared between them after this event. When Arthur learned of their betrayal, he declared war on Lancelot. Taking advantage of the chaos, Mordred declared himself the new King of England and clashed with Arthur in a battle that cost them their lives...

Ginevra and Lancelot suffered from feeling of guilt and decided to retire. The queen gave up her crown and became a nun, the knight gave up his arms and lived the rest of his life as a hermit.

MintCzech Mint Mint MarkMonogram ČM Total Mintage1,000
Obverse
Niue / Silver Ounce 2021 King Arthur - Guinevere and Lancelot - 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 · 1 DOLLAR · 2021 ·.

The mint mark of the Czech Mint - a crowned monogram of the letters ČM (Česká mincovna), is after the date.

Around the rim (which represents the mythical Round Table) are twelve shields, depicting (fanciful) Coats of Arms of the twelve Knights of the Round Table.

Obverse Inscription · ELIZABETH II · NIUE ISLAND · 1 DOLLAR · 2021 ·
Reverse
Niue / Silver Ounce 2021 King Arthur - Guinevere and Lancelot - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin depicts Lancelot and Ginevra (Guinevere) in each other's arms - on horseback, they ride away from Maleagant's castle, which looms behind the.

Around above left, the inscription LANCELOT; around above right, GUINEVERE.

Following the previous coins of the cycle, the background depicts a cross, which refers to the Celtic-Christian origin of the legend (it is the so-called Celtic cross). Below right, the designer's monogram.

Reverse Inscription LANCELOT GUINEVERE
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: proof.
Packaging: in protective capsule, black leather case and illustrated shipper, with Certificate of Authenticity in Czech, Slovak and English.
Coin name: The legend of King Arthur - Guinevere and Lancelot
Product Code: 75828-711
Date of issue: July 2021
Issue price: 1,690 CZK, 66.00 EUR

See also

Coins in The Legend of King Arthur series include:
- 1 oz Silver, King Arthur and Mordred
- 1 oz Silver, Excalibur and Lady of the Lake
- 1 oz Silver, Guinevere and Lancelot

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Silver Ounce 2021 King Arthur - Guinevere and Lancelot: Details
CountryNiue
CurrencyNiue Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz), Mythical Characters
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value1 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage1,000
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerAsamat Baltaev
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size37.000 mm
Mass31.100 g
OCC IDQRAP-OBNC-XWMD-OYJD
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