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

Silver Ounce 2021 King Arthur and Mordred, Coin from Niue
CoinSilver Ounce 2021 King Arthur and Mordred

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 Czech Mint dedicated the first silver coin from a four-part miniseries inspired by the legend of King Arthur to the legendary ruler and his enemy to life and death - Sir Mordred.

Although after fifteen centuries of human imagination it is impossible to distinguish between fact and fiction, a man named Arthur evidently lived. At the beginning of the 6th century AD, he was to lead Britain's defence against the Saxons and he was to lay the foundations of an island empire that has been preserved to this day. He was supposed to be the ideal of a medieval ruler - a model of chivalry, courage and honour. Therefore, it is no wonder that a figure from Celtic history was accepted by Christians as their own.

Everyone who told Arthur's story then added something. The king experienced new adventures and gained new allies and opponents. Arthur's most loyal comrades-in-arms were knights who sat with him at a round table where everyone was equal. Among them were, for example, the devoted Lancelot, the valiant Gawain, the pure Galahad, but also the insidious Mordred, to whom Arthur entrusted the rule during his absence. Unfortunately, the king had no idea that the knight was in fact his illegitimate child, who despised him and secretly plotted against him. Mordred immediately took advantage of the situation, took control of Camelot Castle and declared himself the new ruler of Britain. Both kings then clashed in a battle at Camlann. Arthur knocked down Mordred thanks to his miraculous sword Excalibur, but he himself was mortally wounded...

MintCzech Mint Mint MarkMonogram ČM Total Mintage1,000
Obverse
Niue / Silver Ounce 2021 King Arthur and Mordred - 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 and Mordred - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin depicts King Arthur's fateful battle with Mordred - two horse riders who are pierced by each other's weapons. The royal throne and two warring armies in the background depict a cross, which refers to the Celtic-Christian origin of the legend.

Around above, interrupted by the throne, the inscription KING ARTHUR; around below left, MORDRED.

In the lower right, next to a sword handle, the designer's monogram.

Reverse Inscription KING ARTHUR MORDRED
EdgeMilledEdge 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 - Arthur and Mordred
Product Code: 75826-711
Date of issue: January 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 and Mordred: 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 IDRWKZ-EJNC-WVXY-EXGL
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