Gold Ounce 2021 Steve McQueen, Coin from Samoa - detailed information

Gold Ounce 2021 Steve McQueen, Coin from Samoa
CoinGold Ounce 2021 Steve McQueen

The currency of Samoa is the Tālā, the name of which is a transliteration of the English words Dollar; it was introduced in 1967. On coinage sometimes the English word is inscribed, especially on commemorative and bullion coins not intended to circulate within the country.

Samoa has authorised some private mints to issue coins under its jurisdiction, which come in a variety of sizes - including in the popular gold ounce (1 oz gold) format, such as this one.

This premium bullion coin was struck from one ounce of 99.9% gold and commemorates Steve McQueen - one of the most charismatic cinema heroes that the film industry has produced.

Steve McQueen was one of the most renowned film actors of the 1960s and 1970s. He became famous for his leading role in the 1958 science fiction film "The Blob", which was followed by other engagements, including the successful productions "The Magnificent Seven", "Broken Chains" and "Cincinnati Kid", which made him known to a wide audience. McQueen was characterised by his rugged looks and casual demeanour. Also characteristic was his great fondness for motorcycles and for exotic and fast cars. Steve McQueen passed away on November 7, 1980 at the age of 50.

MintMDM Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage100
Obverse
Samoa / Gold Ounce 2021 Steve McQueen - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin features 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.Normally, the designer's initials IRB are below the portrait when it is used, but they are not shown here.

Given that Samoa has been a republic since it gained independence in 1962, it is unclear why the Queen's effigy is displayed on the coin.

Below the portrait, a small Coat of Arms of Samoa. It consists of a shield, the lower two-thirds of which have five stars representing the constellation of the Southern Cross; the upper third depicts a beach and a coconut palm. The shield is surmounted by a cross with rays radiating from its centre, and is superimposed on two concentric circles representing the world, and an olive branch wreath - as in the United Nations Badge. On a ribbon below, the motto FA'AVAE I LE ATUA SAMOA, meaning "God be the Foundation of Samoa".

Around above, the name of the country and the date of issue: SAMOA 2021. The precious metal content 1 oz Au 999 is inscribed around below left; it means "one troy ounce of 99.9% gold" - Au is abbreviated from Aurum, the Latin word for gold. Around below right, the face value 25 DOLLARS.

Obverse Inscription SAMOA 2021 1 oz Au 999 25 DOLLARS
Reverse
Samoa / Gold Ounce 2021 Steve McQueen - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin features Steve McQueen in two different representations. The right half of the coin shows the actor in side profile; below left, he is shown pushing his motorcycle.

Above left, the inscription the King of Cool, which was his nickname, below which his initials SMQ and his name STEVE MCQUEEN.

Reverse Inscription the King of Cool SMQ STEVE MCQUEEN
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Notes

Finish: bullion (Brilliant Uncirculated).
Packaging: in capsule and presentation box, with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Date of issue: January 2022.

See also

There is also a silver one-ounce coin with the same design.

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Gold Ounce 2021 Steve McQueen: Details
CountrySamoa
CurrencyTala
Coin TypeGold Ounce (1 oz), Bullion
Issued2021
Effigy / SymbolQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value25 (x Tala)
Total Mintage100
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size32.000 mm
Mass31.100 g
OCC IDYRVP-OVRC-WKGQ-ODQG
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