Silver Three Kilos 2022 Czech Lion, Coin from Niue - detailed information

Silver Three Kilos 2022 Czech Lion, Coin from Niue
CoinSilver Three Kilos 2022 Czech Lion

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 very large size of three kilograms (3 kg) of silver.

The coins are "Non-Circulating Legal Tender" (NCLT) and not bullion because they are issued at prices much higher than their bullion value and are targeted at collectors who appreciate them for their artistic or sentimental value, and not at bullion investors.

The Mint says about this coin:
This coin is part of the Czech Lion series of bullion coins issued every year by the Czech Mint with a new design.

The Mint says about it:
World bullion coins tend to be dedicated to strong national symbols, and the Czech Lion - the first coin of its kind to be minted for the Czech market - is no exception.

The weight of this silver coin, which is minted in top-quality proof and which bears a unique security hologram, is three kilograms. In the Middle Ages, when all coins were made of precious metals, mint masters feared counterfeiters who imitated their work to enrich themselves. Indeed, the penalties were severe at the time and most of the criminals died. Although it is highly unlikely that anyone would attempt to counterfeit contemporary coins, the Czech Mint has come up with innovative solutions. The Czech Mint's latest security solution is a security feature named CZECH SECURITY CHECK. It is an embossed hologram in the shape of a shield placed at the bottom of the reverse side of the coin. This hologram is not only a protective but also a decorative element. Like the coin itself, it is dedicated to the depiction of the Czech lion by medal maker Asamat Baltaev. You do not need any specialised equipment to see the CZECH SECURITY CHECK - it is visible to the naked eye. Furthermore, you can examine it with simple, commonly available tools - a magnifying glass and a sharp spot light provided by, for example, a lit flash of a mobile phone. When illuminated from a certain angle, a hidden "moving" pattern will appear in the shield. While it is very easy to observe a holographic shield, it is extremely difficult to produce it and it cannot be easily replicated. The hologram was produced by the highly specialised Czech company IQ Structures, which is one of the world leaders in holographic technology. It is also extremely technologically demanding to emboss the hologram in precious metal so that all its special effects - kinetic or colour - are preserved.

The design of all coins in the series was changed in 2022, but the main idea remains the same. The reverse side is dominated by the Czech lion in an unusually realistic rendition with the St. Wenceslas crown on its head. The embossed hologram is an integral part of the reverse. The obverse side presents the eagle, which is a synthesis of the St. Wenceslas, Moravian and Silesian birds of prey.

MintCzech Mint Mint MarkMonogram ČM Total Mintage150
Niue / Silver Three Kilos 2022 Czech Lion - 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: NIUE ISLAND 2022 ELIZABETH II 240 DOLLARS.

The effigy and legend are in a shield at the centre of the obverse. The wide rim around it has a relief pattern of a "flaming eagle" representing Moravia and Silesia, two of the three historical Czech lands represented on the Coat of Arms of the Czech Republic (the outlines of the two eagles are identical, they only differ in colour, which is not shown on the coin).

On the right, the mint mark of the Czech Mint - a crowned monogram of the letters ČM (Česká mincovna).

Obverse Inscription NIUE ISLAND 2022 ELIZABETH II 240 DOLLARS
Niue / Silver Three Kilos 2022 Czech Lion - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin represents a realistic depiction of a lion's head, crowned with the crown of St Wenceslas (Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia between 921 and 935).

Around below near the rim, the inscription ČESKÁ REPUBLIKA (Czech Republic). In smaller letters in the inner circle above that, the precious metal content: 3000g Ag 999 (three kilograms of 99.9% silver; Ag is abbreviated from "Argentum", the Latin word for silver).

In the left field, the designer's monogram. Below right, a coloured hologram depicting a lion's head as seen from the side.

Decorating the rim are leaves of linden - the Czech national tree.

Reverse Inscription ČESKÁ REPUBLIKA 3000g Ag 999
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone

Finish: Proof FDC, with hologram.
Packaging: in light wooden case, with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Date of issue: May 2022
Czech Mint Product Code: 76188-751

See also

Coins in the Czech Lion series issued in 2022 include:
- 1 kg Gold, Czech Lion 2022
- 10 oz Gold, Czech Lion 2022
- 5 oz Gold, Czech Lion 2022
- 1 oz Gold, Czech Lion 2022
- 1/2 oz Gold, Czech Lion 2022
- 1/4 oz Gold, Czech Lion 2022
- 1/25 oz Gold, Czech Lion 2022
- 0.5 g Gold, Czech Lion 2022
- 3 kg Silver, Czech Lion 2022
- 1 kg Silver, Czech Lion 2022
- 10 oz Silver, Czech Lion 2022
- 5 oz Silver, Czech Lion 2022
- 2 oz Silver, Czech Lion 2022
- 1 oz Silver, Czech Lion 2022

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Silver Three Kilos 2022 Czech Lion: Details
CurrencyNiue Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Three Kilos (3 kg)
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value240 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage150
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerAsamat Baltaev
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size120.000 mm
Mass3,000.000 g
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