Silver Thirty-five Grams 2021 Lord of the Rings - Middle Earth, Coin from Niue - detailed information

Silver Thirty-five Grams 2021 Lord of the Rings - Middle Earth, Coin from Niue
CoinSilver Thirty-five Grams 2021 Lord of the Rings - Middle Earth

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 coins under the authority of Niue. Most of these are in standard shapes and sizes, but some - like these silver foils - use different formats. The 35 gram silver foils are very thin, so that they can be large in surface, and are issued with poster-like coloured reverses. The are "Non-Circulating Legal Tender" (NCLT) and are targeted at collectors who appreciate them for their artistic or sentimental value.

This unique map of Middle Earth is made from 35g pure silver and is a legal tender coin featuring the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse.

The Middle Earth map was one of the key components of J.R.R. Tolkien’s (1892 - 1973) The Lord of the Rings trilogy. It shows the imaginary world in which the story is set. This officially licensed map is printed in colour onto the pure silver, which has been rolled flat. For contrast, the sea has been engraved and left uncoloured, along with the place names which sparkle as the light moves across the map!

The foil arrives in a custom-made themed carrier and is protected by an acrylic capsule - to display both sides beautifully. Details of the coin’s authenticity are printed on the carrier along with confirmation of its unique number in the mintage which is limited to 2,000 worldwide.

MintNew Zealand Mint Mint MarkNew Zealand Mint Total Mintage2,000
Obverse
Niue / Silver Thirty-five Grams 2021 Lord of the Rings - Middle Earth - 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 TWO DOLLARS 2021.

The effigy and inscription are very small, and are surrounded by a geometric motif and thin lines spiralling out. The rest of the obverse is covered with small logos of the New Zealand Mint (NEW ZEALAND MINT on two lines, above which the stars of the Southern Cross constellation), as a sort of mint mark.

In small letters below right, the precious metal content: 35gm .999 Fine Silver (35 grams of 99.9% silver).

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2021
Reverse
Niue / Silver Thirty-five Grams 2021 Lord of the Rings - Middle Earth - reverse photo

The reverse is coloured and depicts the map of Middle Earth from the trilogy The Lord of the Rings.

Reverse Inscription Middle Earth
EdgeThinEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Silver content (Troy oz): 1.125
Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated, coloured.
Packaging: in acrylic block and illustrated cardboard box.

All (11) coins of type: Silver Thirty-five Grams Foil
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Silver Thirty-five Grams 2018 Star Wars - A New Hope 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2018
Silver Thirty-five Grams 2018 Star Wars - The Empire Strikes Back 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2018
Silver Thirty-five Grams 2018 Star Wars - Return of the Jedi 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2018
Silver Thirty-five Grams 2019 Star Wars - Comics #1 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2019
Silver Thirty-five Grams 2019 Star Wars - The Phantom Menace 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2019
Silver Thirty-five Grams 2019 Star Wars - Attack of the Clones 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2019
Silver Thirty-five Grams 2020 Star Wars - Rise of Skywalker 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2020
Silver Thirty-five Grams 2020 Star Wars - Revenge of the Sith 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2020
Silver Thirty-five Grams 2020 Star Wars - The Force Awakens 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2020
Silver Thirty-five Grams 2020 Star Wars - The Last Jedi 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2020
Silver Thirty-five Grams 2021 Lord of the Rings - Middle Earth 2,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE TWO DOLLARS 2021
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Silver Thirty-five Grams 2021 Lord of the Rings - Middle Earth: Details
CountryNiue
CurrencyNiue Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Thirty-five Grams Foil
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value2 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage2,000
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRectangle
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size175.0 x 262.0 mm
Mass35.000 g
OCC IDDKLM-OMKC-PLXN-ONZB
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