Silver Two Ounces 2023 Czech Lion, Coin from Niue - detailed information

Silver Two Ounces 2023 Czech Lion, Coin from Niue
CoinSilver Two Ounces 2023 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 coins under the authority of Niue. Most of these are commemorative and collector issues dedicated to historical or general popular culture themes not related to Niue itself. Many of them are in standard bullion sizes - including two ounces of silver (abbreviated as 2 oz Ag, where "Ag" comes from the Latin word for silver, Argentum). Those issued at prices much higher than their bullion value are separately listed in the Non-Circulating Legal Tender (NCLT) silver two ounces section of the site.

Unlike them, this coin is targeted at bullion investors and was initially released at a price close to the value of its precious metal content.

This coin is part of the Czech Lion range of bullion coins issued with a new design every year by the Czech Mint.

The mint says about the series:
The best-known story of how the exotic lion became the symbol of the Czech country is the tale of Bruncvík - a mythical prince who travelled to Africa, where he helped the animal king to fight the dragon, belongs to the most famous stories of how an exotic lion became a symbol of the Czech land. Old chroniclers offer a more plausible explanation. According to them, Emperor Frederick Barbarossa rewarded Prince Vladislaus II with a royal crown and a new heraldic animal, which replaced the previous eagle in 1158.

The lion represented the knight's virtues, strength and courage, which were demonstrated by Vladislaus during the conquest of Milan in the imperial service. And how did the heraldic beast come to its second tail? Heroism played a key role again. King Ottokar I of Bohemia helped Emperor Otto IV. in the fight against the Saxons in 1204, and the Czech lion received a second tail for it, which distinguished it from the beasts of other nations and provided it with a unique prestige. However, medieval writers liked to colour their stories, therefore they are not a reliable source of information. The first verifiable Czech lion was a symbol of the Přemyslid dynasty and appears on the equestrian seal of Vladislaus Henry from 1203. Only Ottokar II, the Iron and Golden King, placed the lion on the coat of arms.

MintCzech Mint Mint MarkMonogram ČM Total Mintage 5,700
Obverse
Niue / Silver Two Ounces 2023 Czech Lion - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin features the official Public Seal of Niue.

It has an inner circle of hiapo designs, representing the fonua (land), within which are stylised designs of a tree, representing life and tagata Niue (the people of Niue), surrounded by an outer circle in the form of a traditional Niuean garland of 14 seashells (representing the 14 villages of Niue), and crowned with St Edward's Crown (of the United Kingdom), representing the sovereign as head of state.

Around above between the two circles, the inscription PUBLIC SEAL OF NIUE. Below, a ribbon carries the motto ATUA NIUE TUKULAGI on two lines (meaning "God, Niue Eternally"), below which two crossed katoua (Niue fighting clubs).

The seal is in the upper part of the obverse. The lower left part is a representation of a "flaming eagle" - the symbol of Moravia and Silesia, two of the three historical Czech lands represented on the Coat of Arms of the Czech Republic.

Diagonally in the lower right part, the face value 5 DOLLARS, below which the date of issue 2023.

Under the eagle and the inscriptions are depicted leaves of linden - the Czech national tree.

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

Obverse Inscription PUBLIC SEAL OF NIUE 5 DOLLARS 2023
Reverse
Niue / Silver Two Ounces 2023 Czech Lion - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin represents a realistic depiction of a lion's face staring sternly at the viewer.

Below, the upper part of the crown of St Wenceslas (Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia between 921 and 935).

Diagonally on the left and right, the inscription ČESKÁ REPUBLIKA (Czech Republic). In smaller letters below that on the right, the precious metal content: 2oz Ag 999 (two troy ounces of 99.9% silver; Ag is abbreviated from "Argentum", the Latin word for silver).

In the left field (below the S in ČESKÁ), the monogram of the designer, Asamat Baltaev.

Reverse Inscription ČESKÁ REPUBLIKA 2oz Ag 999
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
See also

Coins in the Czech Lion series issued in 2023 include:
- 1 oz Palladium, Czech Lion, 2023
- 1 oz Palladium Proof with Hologram, Czech Lion, 2023
- 1 oz Platinum, Czech Lion, 2023
- 1 kg Gold, Czech Lion, 2023
- 10 oz Gold, Czech Lion, 2023
- 5 oz Gold, Czech Lion, 2023
- 2 oz Gold, Czech Lion, 2023
- 1 oz Gold, Czech Lion, 2023
- 1 oz Gold Proof with Hologram, Czech Lion, 2023
- 1/2 oz Gold, Czech Lion, 2023
- 1/4 oz Gold, Czech Lion, 2023
- 1/10 oz Gold, Czech Lion, 2023
- 1/25 oz Gold, Czech Lion, 2023
- 0.5 g Gold, Czech Lion, 2023
- 5 kg Silver, Czech Lion, 2023
- 3 kg Silver, Czech Lion, 2023
- 1 kg Silver, Czech Lion, 2023
- 10 oz Silver, Czech Lion, 2023
- 5 oz Silver, Czech Lion, 2023
- 2 oz Silver, Czech Lion, 2023
- 1 oz Silver, Czech Lion, 2023
- 1 oz Silver Proof with Hologram, Czech Lion, 2023

Silver Two Ounces 2023 Czech Lion: Known varieties
Variety In mint sets
Mintage Issued: 200 (included in total)
In Set Czech Lion 2023 Five Coin Silver Set, mintage 200
5 coins: 1 kg Silver, 10 oz Silver, 5 oz Silver, 2 oz Silver, 1 oz Silver
Variety In capsule
Mintage Issued: 4,500 (included in total)
Details

Brilliant Uncirculated coin delivered in a protective capsule.

Czech Mint Product Code: 76374-750. Date of issue: February 2023. Issue price: 100.00 EUR.

Variety Brilliant Uncirculated in card
Mintage Issued: 1,000 (included in total)
Details

Standard (Brilliant Uncirculated) coin in a numbered blister card.

Czech Mint Product Code: 76373-750. Date of issue: March 2023. Issue price: 97.08 EUR.

All (15) coins of type: Silver Two Ounces (2 oz), Bullion
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Silver Two Ounces 2015 Hawksbill Turtle unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE FIVE DOLLARS 2015
Silver Two Ounces 2016 Hawksbill Turtle unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE FIVE DOLLARS 2016
Silver Two Ounces 2018 Hawksbill Turtle unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE FIVE DOLLARS 2018
Silver Two Ounces 2019 Czech Lion 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NIUE ISLAND ELIZABETH II · 5 DOLLARS · 2019 ·
Silver Two Ounces 2020 Czech Lion 5,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NIUE ISLAND ELIZABETH II 5 DOLLARS 2020
Silver Two Ounces 2021 Czech Lion 5,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · NIUE ISLAND · 5 DOLLARS · 2021
Silver Two Ounces 2021 Slovakia Eagle 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NIUE ISLAND ELIZABETH II - 5 DOLLARS - 2021 -
Silver Two Ounces 2022 Czech Lion 5,600 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NIUE ISLAND 2022 ELIZABETH II 5 DOLLARS
Silver Two Ounces 2022 Slovakia Eagle 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NIUE ISLAND ELIZABETH II - 5 DOLLARS - 2022 -
Silver Two Ounces 2023 Czech Lion 5,700 Public Seal of Niue PUBLIC SEAL OF NIUE 5 DOLLARS 2023
Silver Two Ounces 2023 Slovakia Eagle 500 Public Seal of Niue PUBLIC SEAL OF NIUE 5 DOLLARS 2023
Silver Two Ounces 2023 Pac-Man 1,240 Public Seal of Niue PUBLIC SEAL OF NIUE FIVE DOLLARS 2023
Silver Two Ounces 2024 Hawksbill Turtle unknown King Charles III - Portrait by Jody Clark KING CHARLES III NIUE FIVE DOLLARS 2024
Silver Two Ounces 2024 Czech Lion 4,600 King Charles III - Portrait by Jody Clark CHARLES III · NIUE · 5 DOLLARS · 2024 ·
Silver Two Ounces 2024 Slovakia Eagle 500 King Charles III - Portrait by Jody Clark CHARLES III · NIUE · 5 DOLLARS · 2024 ·
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Silver Two Ounces 2023 Czech Lion: Details
CountryNiue
CurrencyNiue Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Two Ounces (2 oz), Bullion
Issued2023
MonarchKing Charles III
EffigyPublic Seal of Niue
Face Value5 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage5,700
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerAsamat Baltaev
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size37.0000 mm
Mass62.2000 g
OCC IDQRAP-EBNC-MDKV-EYJD
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