|Coin||Silver Three Ounces 2022 Classic Superheroes - Superman|
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, or are based on the troy ounce - for example, three ounces of silver (abbreviated as 3 oz Ag, where "Ag" comes from the Latin word for silver, Argentum).
The Superman Classic coin is part of an extensive New Zealand Mint series featuring DC Comics characters.
The Mint says about it:
Superman returns in this powerhouse of iconic imagery, capturing pivotal moments in this super hero’s journey through time with a visually stunning comic montage engraved on to 3oz silver. Classic renditions of the super hero embellish the face of the coin, chronicling many of his renowned escapades and feats. From the acclaimed 1938 original comic cover to some of his most bold Superman poses - all sitting alongside his iconic “S” shield.
As legal tender, the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II is engraved on the obverse. Revered by fans and collectors since the dawning of the comic book age, Superman and this pure silver coin are exclusively licensed by DC. A Certificate of Authenticity is printed on the back of the compact collector’s box that has been lined with black velvet and encases this treasured collectible. The coin’s unique number in the 1,000 mintage can be found there too.
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 small 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 TEN DOLLARS 2022.
The reverse design shows DC Comics character Superman facing the viewer in the foreground on the left, and in flight in the background on the right. Below right, his "S" emblem. The background on the left shows many small scenes from comics featuring Superman.
Around left, the precious metal content: 3 oz 999 Fine Silver (three troy ounces of 99.9% silver) followed by the copyright acknowledgement SUPERMAN TM & © DC (s22).
||3 oz 999 Fine Silver SUPERMAN TM & © DC (s22)
Packaging: in display box, with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Date of issue: 25 March 2022.
Issue price: US$ 299.00
Coins featuring Superman and other characters from the Superman comics include:
- 1 oz Gold Bullion, Superman, 2021
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Superman Classic, 2022
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, Superman Classic, 2022
- 3 oz Silver Proof, Superman Classic, 2022
- 1 oz Silver Chibi, Superman, 2020
- 1 oz Silver Bullion, Superman, 2021
- 1 oz Silver Chibi, Superman, 2021
- 1 oz Silver Shaped and Coloured, Superman Shield, 2021
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Superman Classic, 2022
- 1 oz Silver Coloured Rectangle, Action Comics #1, 2022
- 1 oz Silver Coloured Rectangle, Superman #1, 2022
Coins in the Classic Superheroes series issued for Niue include:
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Superman, 2022
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, Superman, 2022
- 3 oz Silver Proof, Superman, 2022
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Superman, 2022
- 1 oz Gold Proof, The Flash, 2022
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, The Flash, 2022
- 3 oz Silver Proof, The Flash, 2022
- 1 oz Silver Proof, The Flash, 2022
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Aquaman, 2022
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, Aquaman, 2022
- 3 oz Silver Proof, Aquaman, 2022
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Aquaman, 2022
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Batman, 2022
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, Batman, 2022
- 3 oz Silver Proof, Batman, 2022
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Batman, 2022