Silver Two Ounces 2011 Duchess of Marlborough Egg, Coin from Niue - detailed information

Silver Two Ounces 2011 Duchess of Marlborough Egg, Coin from Niue
CoinSilver Two Ounces 2011 Duchess of Marlborough 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 - for example, two ounces of silver (abbreviated as 2 oz Ag, where "Ag" comes from the Latin word for silver, Argentum).

This coin is part of a series dedicated to the famous Fabergé eggs, and depicts the Duchess of Marlborough Egg made in 1902.

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.

The Duchess of Marlborough egg, also known as the Pink Serpent egg, is a jewelled enamelled Easter egg made by Michael Perchin under the supervision of the Russian jeweller Peter Carl Fabergé in 1902. The Duchess of Marlborough Egg is the only large Fabergé egg to have been commissioned by an American (this, it is not really an Imperial egg...), and it is inspired by a Louis XVI clock with a revolving dial. The egg was made for Consuelo Vanderbilt, who became the Duchess of Marlborough in 1895 when she married Charles Spencer-Churchill, 9th Duke of Marlborough.

The coin is in Proof quality. It comes boxed, with a Certificate of Authenticity.

MintMint of Poland Mint MarkLetters MW Total Mintage7,000
Obverse
Niue / Silver Two Ounces 2011 Duchess of Marlborough 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: 2 DOLLARS. Around right, similarly facing out, the date of issue 2011.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND 2 DOLLARS 2011
Reverse
Niue / Silver Two Ounces 2011 Duchess of Marlborough Egg - reverse photo

Within a plain rim, the reverse of the coin shows the Duchess of Marlborough Fabergé egg made by Michael Perchin under the supervision of the Russian jeweller Peter Carl Fabergé in 1902, against a background of pearls.

The egg shows Roman numerals which are part of a rotating table-top clock mechanism, and a serpent wound rounds its base and looking up. The snake's head and the top of the egg have inset pink Swarovski crystals.

Around above, the inscription IMPERIAL FABERGÉ EGGS.

Reverse Inscription IMPERIAL FABERGÉ EGGS
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
See also

Coins in the Imperial Fabergé Eggs series include:
- Coronation Egg, 2oz silver, 2010
- Duchess of Marlborough Egg, 2oz silver, 2011
- Bay Tree Egg, 2oz silver, 2012
- Kremlin Egg, 2oz silver, 2013
- Trans-Siberian Railway Egg, 2oz silver, 2014
- Tsarevich Constellation Egg, 2oz silver, 2018
- Coronation Egg $1, 2012
- Rosebud Egg $1, 2012
- Swan Egg $1, 2012
- Cockerel Egg $1, 2012
- Lily Bouquet Egg $1, 2012
- Winter Egg $1, 2012
- Order of St George Egg $1, 2012
- Napoleonic Egg $1, 2012
- Kremlin Egg $1, 2012

All (59) coins of type: Silver Two Ounces (2 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Silver Two Ounces 2010 Coronation Egg 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND 2 DOLLARS 2010
Silver Two Ounces 2011 Duchess of Marlborough Egg 7,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND 2 DOLLARS 2011
Silver Two Ounces 2012 Bay Tree Egg 7,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND 2 DOLLARS 2012
Silver Two Ounces 2013 Moscow Kremlin Egg 7,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND 2 DOLLARS 2013
Silver Two Ounces 2014 Trans-Siberian Railway Egg 7,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND 2 DOLLARS 2014
Silver Two Ounces 2015 Exodus 1,499 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait NIUE TWO DOLLARS QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2 oz 999 FINE SILVER 2015
Silver Two Ounces 2015 The Ten Commandments 1,499 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait NIUE TWO DOLLARS QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2 oz 999 FINE SILVER 2015
Silver Two Ounces 2015 David and Goliath 1,499 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait NIUE TWO DOLLARS QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2 oz 999 FINE SILVER 2015
Silver Two Ounces 2015 The Crucifixion 1,499 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait NIUE TWO DOLLARS QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2 oz 999 FINE SILVER 2015
Silver Two Ounces 2015 The New Jerusalem 1,499 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait NIUE TWO DOLLARS QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2 oz 999 FINE SILVER 2015
Silver Two Ounces 2015 The Pale Horse 1,499 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait NIUE TWO DOLLARS QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2 oz 999 FINE SILVER 2015
Silver Two Ounces 2016 Adam and Eve 1,499 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait NIUE TWO DOLLARS QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2 oz 999 FINE SILVER 2016
Silver Two Ounces 2016 Ezekiel's Vision 1,499 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait NIUE TWO DOLLARS QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2 oz 999 FINE SILVER 2016
Silver Two Ounces 2016 Daniel in the Lion's Den 1,499 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait NIUE TWO DOLLARS QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2 oz 999 FINE SILVER 2016
Silver Two Ounces 2016 The Birth of Jesus 1,499 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait NIUE TWO DOLLARS QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2 oz 999 FINE SILVER 2016
Silver Two Ounces 2016 The Good Samaritan 1,499 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait NIUE TWO DOLLARS QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2 oz 999 FINE SILVER 2016
Silver Two Ounces 2016 The Last Supper 1,499 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait NIUE TWO DOLLARS QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2 oz 999 FINE SILVER 2016
Silver Two Ounces 2017 Death of Abel 1,499 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait NIUE TWO DOLLARS QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2 oz 999 FINE SILVER 2017
Silver Two Ounces 2017 Jacob Wrestles the Angel 1,499 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait NIUE TWO DOLLARS QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2 oz 999 FINE SILVER 2017
Silver Two Ounces 2017 Wisemen 1,499 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait NIUE TWO DOLLARS QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2 oz 999 FINE SILVER 2017
Silver Two Ounces 2017 The Baptism of Jesus 1,499 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait NIUE TWO DOLLARS QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2 oz 999 FINE SILVER 2017
Silver Two Ounces 2017 Jesus Calms The Sea 1,499 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait NIUE TWO DOLLARS QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2 oz 999 FINE SILVER 2017
Silver Two Ounces 2017 Nailing Christ to the Cross 1,499 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait NIUE TWO DOLLARS QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2 oz 999 FINE SILVER 2017
Silver Two Ounces 2017 Star Wars - Darth Vader 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE FIVE DOLLARS 2017
Silver Two Ounces 2017 Star Wars - Han Solo 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE FIVE DOLLARS 2017
Silver Two Ounces 2018 Noah's Dove 1,499 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait NIUE TWO DOLLARS QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2 oz 999 FINE SILVER 2018
Silver Two Ounces 2018 Chariot of Fire 1,499 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait NIUE TWO DOLLARS QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2 oz 999 FINE SILVER 2018
Silver Two Ounces 2018 John the Baptist 1,499 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait NIUE TWO DOLLARS QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2 oz 999 FINE SILVER 2018
Silver Two Ounces 2018 Temptation of Jesus 1,499 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait NIUE TWO DOLLARS QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2 oz 999 FINE SILVER 2018
Silver Two Ounces 2018 Jesus Scourged 1,499 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait NIUE TWO DOLLARS QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2 oz 999 FINE SILVER 2018
Silver Two Ounces 2018 The Ascension 1,499 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait NIUE TWO DOLLARS QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2 oz 999 FINE SILVER 2018
Silver Two Ounces 2018 Star Wars - Yoda 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE FIVE DOLLARS 2018
Silver Two Ounces 2018 Star Wars - Death Star 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE FIVE DOLLARS 2018
Silver Two Ounces 2018 Star Wars - Stormtrooper 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE FIVE DOLLARS 2018
Silver Two Ounces 2018 Tsarevich Constellation Egg 999 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND 2 DOLLARS 2018
Silver Two Ounces 2019 Samson Slays the Lion 1,499 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait NIUE TWO DOLLARS QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2 oz 999 FINE SILVER 2019
Silver Two Ounces 2019 Moses on the Nile 1,499 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait NIUE TWO DOLLARS QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2 oz 999 FINE SILVER 2019
Silver Two Ounces 2019 The Firstborn Slain 1,499 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait NIUE TWO DOLLARS QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2 oz 999 FINE SILVER 2019
Silver Two Ounces 2019 Cast the First Stone 1,499 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait NIUE TWO DOLLARS QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2 oz 999 FINE SILVER 2019
Silver Two Ounces 2019 Crown of Thorns 1,499 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait NIUE TWO DOLLARS QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2 oz 999 FINE SILVER 2019
Silver Two Ounces 2019 The Crowned Virgin 1,499 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait NIUE TWO DOLLARS QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2 oz 999 FINE SILVER 2019
Silver Two Ounces 2019 Star Wars - Darth Vader Helmet 5,250 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE FIVE DOLLARS 2019
Silver Two Ounces 2019 Star Wars - Millennium Falcon 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE FIVE DOLLARS 2019
Silver Two Ounces 2020 Biblical Series - The Fiery Furnace 1,499 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait NIUE TWO DOLLARS QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2 oz 999 FINE SILVER 2020
Silver Two Ounces 2020 Jesus Walking on the Sea 1,499 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait NIUE TWO DOLLARS QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2 oz 999 FINE SILVER 2020
Silver Two Ounces 2020 Resurrection of Lazarus 1,499 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait NIUE TWO DOLLARS QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2 oz 999 FINE SILVER 2020
Silver Two Ounces 2020 The Judas Kiss 1,499 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait NIUE TWO DOLLARS QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2 oz 999 FINE SILVER 2020
Silver Two Ounces 2020 Ancient Calendars - Celtic 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II 2020 NIUE ISLAND 2 DOLLARS
Silver Two Ounces 2020 Batman Mask 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE FIVE DOLLARS 2020
Silver Two Ounces 2020 Star Wars - Stormtrooper Helmet 5,250 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE FIVE DOLLARS 2020
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Silver Two Ounces 2011 Duchess of Marlborough Egg: Details
CountryNiue
CurrencyNiue Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Two Ounces (2 oz)
Issued2011
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value2 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage7,000
CurrentYes
Material0.925 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeEgg
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size41.6 - 55.6 mm
Mass56.560 g
OCC IDDKLM-OMKC-PQPM-ONZB
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Silver Two Ounces 2011 Duchess of Marlborough Egg: Photos
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Silver Two Ounces 2011 Duchess of Marlborough Egg: Catalogue Reference IDs
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Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsNiue KM# 888