Silver Quarter Kilo 2012 Fabergé - Coronation Egg, Coin from Niue - detailed information

Silver Quarter Kilo 2012 Fabergé - Coronation Egg, Coin from Niue
CoinSilver Quarter Kilo 2012 Fabergé - Coronation Egg

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 based on the troy ounce, but some are in the metric system and go to the large size of one quarter of a kilogram (250 grams) of silver.

This coin is part of a series dedicated to the famous Fabergé eggs, and depicts the Imperial Coronation egg made in 1897.

A Fabergé egg (Russian: Яйца Фаберже́) is a jewelled egg created by the House of Fabergé, in Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire. Possibly as many as sixty-nine were created, of which fifty-seven survive today. Virtually all were manufactured under the supervision of Peter Carl Fabergé between 1885 and 1917, the most famous being the fifty-two "Imperial" eggs, forty-six of which survive, made for the Russian Tsars Alexander III and Nicholas II as Easter gifts for their wives and mothers. Thanks to the exuberance, intricacy and splendour of decoration, Fabergé Eggs have gained a huge popularity as jewellery masterpieces.

MintMint of Poland Mint MarkLetters MW Total Mintage333
Obverse
Niue / Silver Quarter Kilo 2012 Fabergé - Coronation Egg - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin depicts the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait", by Ian Rank-Broadley). 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. The designer's initials are not shown.

Below the neck truncation and over the I of ELIZABETH, the small MW mint mark of the Mint of Poland (m over W), for Mennica Warszawska (Mint of Warsaw).

The effigy is small and is in the upper half of the design, surrounded by a decorative neo-rococo scroll ornament. Horizontally below, ELIZABETH II. Around above, the rest of the legend: NIUE ISLAND.

The lower half of the design shows an open Fabergé egg - the "Spring Flowers" egg with a miniature basket of wood anemones inside.

Around left, facing outward, the face value and denomination: 50 DOLLARS. Around right, similarly facing out, the date of issue 2012.

Around below right, the hallmark Ag 999 (99.9% silver).

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND 50 DOLLARS 2012
Reverse
Niue / Silver Quarter Kilo 2012 Fabergé - Coronation Egg - reverse photo

Within a plain border, the reverse of the coin shows the Imperial Coronation egg made under the supervision of the Russian jeweller Peter Carl Fabergé in 1897 by Fabergé ateliers, Mikhail Perkhin and Henrik Wigstrom. The egg was made to commemorate Tsarina, Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna, wife of Russian Emperor Nicholas II. Its guilloché field of starbursts is in reference to the cloth-of-gold robe worn by the Tsarina at her Coronation. The coin is decorated with ten red gem inserts.

Shown in the foreground is the precise replica, less than four inches long, of the 18th-century Imperial coach that carried the Tsarina Alexandra to her coronation at Moscow's Uspensky sobor (Dormition Cathedral) on 15 May 1896. It fitted inside a velvet-lined compartment within the egg.

Below right, the monogram of the designer, RK (R over K), for Robert Kotowicz.

Around left and right, the inscription IMPERIAL FABERGÉ EGGS.

Reverse Inscription IMPERIAL FABERGÉ EGGS
EdgePlain, incuse inscribedEdge Inscription[serial number]
Notes

Finish: proof, gem inserts, edge lettering with the unique serial number of each coin.
Packaging: in presentation box, with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Note that in some places, the coin is listed as "8oz (eight troy ounces) of silver".

See also

Coins in the Imperial Fabergé Eggs series include (ordered by metal / size / year):
- 10 oz Gold, Coronation Egg, 2012
- 10 oz Gold, Moscow Kremlin Egg, 2014
- 3 oz Gold, Coronation Egg, 2010
- 3 oz Gold, Lilies of the Valley Egg, 2011
- 3 oz Gold, Clover Leaf Egg, 2011
- 3 oz Gold, Pansy Egg, 2012
- 3 oz Gold, Duchess of Marlborough Egg, 2012
- 3 oz Gold, Bay Tree Egg, 2012
- 3 oz Gold, Napoleonic Egg, 2012
- 3 oz Gold, Moscow Kremlin Egg, 2013
- 1 oz Gold, Coronation Egg, 2012
- 250 g Silver, Coronation Egg, 2012
- 250 g Silver, Third Imperial Egg, 2015
- 2 oz Silver, Coronation Egg, 2010
- 2 oz Silver, Lilies of the Valley Egg, 2010
- 2 oz Silver, Clover Leaf Egg, 2010
- 2 oz Silver, Pansy Egg, 2011
- 2 oz Silver, Duchess of Marlborough Egg, 2011
- 2 oz Silver, Bay Tree Egg, 2012
- 2 oz Silver, Napoleonic Egg, 2012
- 2 oz Silver, Moscow Kremlin Egg, 2013
- 2 oz Silver, Trans-Siberian Railway Egg, 2014
- 2 oz Silver, Tsarevich Constellation Egg, 2018
- 2 oz Silver, Diamond Trellis Egg, 2019
- 2 oz Silver, Pelican Egg, 2021
- 2 oz Silver, Mosaic Egg, 2021
- $1 Silver, Coronation Egg, 2012
- $1 Silver, Rosebud Egg, 2012
- $1 Silver, Swan Egg, 2012
- $1 Silver, Cockerel Egg, 2012
- $1 Silver, Lily Bouquet Egg, 2012
- $1 Silver, Winter Egg, 2012
- $1 Silver, Order of St George Egg, 2012
- $1 Silver, Napoleonic Egg, 2012
- $1 Silver, Moscow Kremlin Egg, 2012
- $1 Silver, Alexander Palace Egg, 2015
- $1 Silver, Fifteenth Anniversary Egg, 2015
- $1 Silver, Third Imperial Egg, 2015
- $1 Silver, Royal Danish Egg, 2015
- $1 Silver, Caucasus Egg, 2015
- $1 Silver, Trans-Siberian Railway Egg, 2015
- $1 Silver, Peter the Great Egg, 2015
- $1 Silver, Standart Yacht Egg, 2015
- $1 Silver, Gatchina Palace Egg, 2015
- $1 Silver, Peacock Egg, 2017
- $1 Silver, Resurrection Egg, 2017
- $1 Silver, Catherine the Great Egg, 2018
- $1 Silver, Mosaic Egg, 2018
- $1 Silver, Pelican Egg, 2018
- $1 Silver, Romanov Tercentenary Egg, 2018
- $1 Silver, Blue Serpent Clock Egg, 2018
- $1 Silver, Empire Nephrite Egg, 2020
- $1 Silver, Pansy Egg, 2020
- $1 Silver, Red Cross Egg (with icons), 2020
- $1 Silver, Steel Military Egg, 2020
- $1 Silver, Rose Trellis Egg, 2020
- $1 Silver, Colonnade Egg, 2020
- $1 Silver, Duchess of Marlborough Egg, 2020
- $1 Silver, Tsarevich Constellation Egg, 2020
- $1 Silver, Twelve Panel Egg, 2021
- $1 Silver, Blue Striped Egg, 2021
- $1 Silver, Revolving Miniatures Egg, 2021
- $1 Silver, Tsarevitch Egg, 2021
- $1 Silver, Pinecone Egg, 2021
- $1 Silver, Twelve Monograms Egg, 2021
- $1 Silver, Red Cross Egg (with portraits), 2021
- $1 Silver, Basket of Flowers Egg, 2021
- $1 Silver, Memory of Azov Egg, 2021

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Silver Quarter Kilo 2012 Fabergé - Coronation Egg: Details
CountryNiue
CurrencyNiue Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Quarter Kilo (250 g)
Issued2012
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value50 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage333
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerRobert Kotowicz
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeEgg
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size67.35 x 90 mm
Mass250.000 g
OCC IDRMKG-EZAC-LWJZ-ONXQ
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Silver Quarter Kilo 2012 Fabergé - Coronation Egg: Photos
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250 g Silver Proof, Fabergé - Coronation Egg
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250 g Silver Proof, Fabergé - Coronation Egg
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Silver Quarter Kilo 2012 Fabergé - Coronation Egg: Catalogue Reference IDs
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Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsNiue KM# 778