Gold Half Gram 2011 Roald Amundsen, Coin from Tokelau - detailed information

Gold Half Gram 2011 Roald Amundsen, Coin from Tokelau
CoinGold Half Gram 2011 Roald Amundsen

Tokelau, known previously as the Tokelau Islands, is a dependent territory of New Zealand in the southern Pacific Ocean. It uses the New Zealand Dollar as circulation currency, but has been issuing a variety if non-circulating coins since 1978. These are denominated in "Tala" (the local word for Dollar) and cents.

The gold half gram is a mini-coin denominated as Five Dollars.

This small gold commemorative coin is dedicated to polar explorer Roald Amundsen (1872 - 1928), a key figure of the period known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, and marks 100 years since he reached the South Pole.

Born in Borge, Østfold, Norway, Amundsen began his career as a polar explorer as first mate on Adrien de Gerlache's Belgian Antarctic Expedition of 1897-1899. From 1903 to 1906, he led the first expedition to successfully traverse the Northwest Passage on the sloop Gjøa. In 1909, Amundsen began planning for a South Pole expedition. He left Norway in June 1910 on the ship Fram and reached Antarctica in January 1911. His party established a camp at the Bay of Whales and a series of supply depots on the Barrier (now known as the Ross Ice Shelf) before setting out for the pole in October. The party of five, led by Amundsen, became the first to successfully reach the South Pole on 14 December 1911.

Following a failed attempt in 1918 to reach the North Pole by traversing the Northeast Passage on the ship Maud, Amundsen began planning for an aerial expedition instead. On 12 May 1926, Amundsen and 15 other men in the airship Norge became the first explorers verified to have reached the North Pole. Amundsen disappeared in June 1928 while flying on a rescue mission for the airship Italia in the Arctic.

MintCIT Coin Invest Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage15,000
Obverse
Tokelau / Gold Half Gram 2011 Roald Amundsen - 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: ~ ELIZABETH II ~ TOKELAU 2011 ~ FIVE DOLLARS.

The rim is decorated with a geometric pattern.

Below the Queen's effigy, the national badge of Tokelau depicting a "tuluma" - a traditional Tokelauan carved wooden “tackle box” used by local fishermen. A cross in the centre of the tuluma and the inscription below, "Tokelau mo te Atua" ("Tokelau for God") reflect the strong influence of Christianity in Tokelau; due to the small size of the coin, the inscription is not visible.

Obverse Inscription ~ ELIZABETH II ~ TOKELAU 2011 ~ FIVE DOLLARS
Reverse
Tokelau / Gold Half Gram 2011 Roald Amundsen - reverse photo

Within a rim looking like the rim of a compass, the reverse of the coin shows a portrait of polar explorer Roald Amundsen. In the background, a polar base in front of which the flag of Norway.

Around above, the inscription 1911 FIRST MAN AT SOUTH POLE 2011. Around below, ROALD AMUNDSEN.

Reverse Inscription 1911 FIRST MAN AT SOUTH POLE 2011 ROALD AMUNDSEN
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Notes

CIT Item ID: 25671

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Gold Half Gram 2011 Roald Amundsen: Details
CountryTokelau
CurrencyTokelau Dollar
Coin TypeGold Half Gram
Issued2011
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value5 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage15,000
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size11.000 mm
Mass0.500 g
OCC IDLBRP-ERRC-ZYNL-EMNY
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