Silver Ounce 2021 Icons of Inspiration - Leonardo da Vinci, Coin from Niue - detailed information

Silver Ounce 2021 Icons of Inspiration - Leonardo da Vinci, Coin from Niue
CoinSilver Ounce 2021 Icons of Inspiration - Leonardo da Vinci

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).

This coin is the second release in the Icons of Inspiration series by APMEX and features Leonardo da Vinci, one of the most multi-talented figures in history. Da Vinci's works across all facets of art and science are some of humankind's most studied and cherished.

A true Renaissance Man, Leonardo da Vinci was an Italian polymath known for his work as a painter, engineer, architect, theorist, scientist and sculptor. His best known work, the Mona Lisa, is considered the most famous piece of art in the world. Other pieces by da Vinci include The Last Supper and The Vitruvian Man. Perhaps the most alluring aspect of da Vinci's art is the mystery and intrigue surrounding their meanings. Historians have spent centuries debating hidden symbology and subject matter in his works.

In addition to his work as an artist, da Vinci is regarded as one of the most influential inventors and theorists in history. He is credited with sketching and studying predecessors to many tools and machines we use today, most famously his flying machines, architectural innovations, and vehicles for war.

MintAPMEX Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage10,100
Obverse
Niue / Silver Ounce 2021 Icons of Inspiration - Leonardo da Vinci - obverse photo

Within a beaded border, the reverse features a triumphant image of a muse, arm extended toward the sun, with the seal of the nation of Niue held in her left hand.

The seal 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).

On two lines to the left, the face value of the coin: TWO DOLLARS. Below, the date of issue 2021. These are also inscribed in the circle with the Public Seal of Niue.

In small letters above the date, the designer's initials JI (for Joel Iskowitz).

Around above, twenty-two five-pointed stars; below the last of them, the engraver's monogram (?).

Around left, the precious metal content: .999 SILVER 1 OUNCE.

Obverse Inscription TWO DOLLARS 2021 PUBLIC SEAL OF NIUE .999 SILVER 1 OUNCE
Reverse
Niue / Silver Ounce 2021 Icons of Inspiration - Leonardo da Vinci - reverse photo

The reverse design depicts Renaissance icon Leonardo da Vinci holding a paint brush, with some of his most famous paintings and inventions adorning the background (two flying machines - one human-powered with wings, and a helicopter prototype), and a flying bird - a source of inspiration for him, and the subject of much of his research.

Above Leonardo's left shoulder, the engraver's monogram (?). Below left, the designer's initials JI (for Joel Iskowitz).

A rendition of Leonardo's is below: L da Vinci.

Reverse Inscription L da Vinci
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: bullion (Brilliant Uncirculated), with satin finish.
Packaging: in individual plastic capsule, or 10 coins in heat-sealed roll.

See also

Coins in the Icons of Inspiration series include:
- 1 oz Gold, Galileo, 2021
- 1 oz Gold, Leonardo da Vinci, 2021
- 1 oz Gold, Sir Isaac Newton, 2022
- 1 oz Silver, Galileo, 2021
- 1 oz Silver, Leonardo da Vinci, 2021
- 1 oz Silver, Sir Isaac Newton, 2022

Silver Ounce 2021 Icons of Inspiration - Leonardo da Vinci: Known varieties
Variety Proof
Images Niue / Silver Ounce 2021 Icons of Inspiration - Leonardo da Vinci / Proof - obverse photo Niue / Silver Ounce 2021 Icons of Inspiration - Leonardo da Vinci / Proof - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 100 (included in total)
Details

Boxed, with Certificate of Authenticity. On the first 10, the certificate is signed by the designer.

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Silver Ounce 2021 Icons of Inspiration - Leonardo da Vinci: Details
CountryNiue
CurrencyNiue Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz)
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyPublic Seal of Niue
Face Value2 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage10,100
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerJoel Iskowitz
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size39.000 mm
Mass31.100 g
OCC IDDKLM-EMKC-MMQZ-ENZB
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