Gold Half Gram 2012 Blue-Ringed Octopus, Coin from Tokelau - detailed information

Gold Half Gram 2012 Blue-Ringed Octopus, Coin from Tokelau
CoinGold Half Gram 2012 Blue-Ringed Octopus

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 coin is a small gold version of the third issue in the Deadly and Dangerous series featuring native Australian animals, and shows a Blue-Ringed Octopus.

MintB. H. Mayer Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage2,000
Obverse
Tokelau / Gold Half Gram 2012 Blue-Ringed Octopus - 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 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 ~ TOKELAU 2012 ~ 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 2012 ~ FIVE DOLLARS
Reverse
Tokelau / Gold Half Gram 2012 Blue-Ringed Octopus - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows a Blue-Ringed Octopus in its natural habitat.

Around above, the inscription BLUE-RINGED OCTOPUS.

Reverse Inscription BLUE-RINGED OCTOPUS
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

The coins were issued in a six-coin set featuring all designed in the series issued until that point in time.

There is no available primary information on this series; it seems that the coins are commissioned by the Australian company Downies, with the silver coins being struck by the Perth Mint and the gold coins in the series (some with the same designs) by PAMP or CIT.

Included in Set
Deadly & Dangerous Gold Coin Collection, mintage 2,000
6 coins: 0.5 g Gold, Red-Back Spider, 0.5 g Gold, Great White Shark, 0.5 g Gold, Blue-Ringed Octopus, 0.5 g Gold, Saltwater Crocodile, 0.5 g Gold, Eastern Brown Snake, 0.5 g Gold, Box Jellyfish
See also

Coins in the Deadly and Dangerous series are issued for a number of counties and include (ordered by year / metal / size / country):
- 1 oz Silver, Red-Back Spider, Tuvalu 2006
- 1 oz Silver, Great White Shark, Tuvalu 2007
- 1 oz Silver, Blue-Ringed Octopus, Tuvalu 2008
- 1 oz Silver, Saltwater Crocodile, Tuvalu 2009
- 1 oz Silver, Eastern Brown Snake, Tuvalu 2010
- 1 oz Silver, Box Jellyfish, Tuvalu 2011
- 1 oz Silver, Red-Back Spider (Russian version), Tuvalu 2011
- 1 oz Silver, Great White Shark (Russian version), Tuvalu 2011
- 1 oz Silver, Blue-Ringed Octopus (Russian version), Tuvalu 2011
- 1 oz Silver, Saltwater Crocodile (Russian version), Tuvalu 2011
- 1 oz Silver, Eastern Brown Snake (Russian version), Tuvalu 2011
- 0.5 g Gold, Red-Back Spider, Tokelau 2012
- 0.5 g Gold, Great White Shark, Tokelau 2012
- 0.5 g Gold, Blue-Ringed Octopus, Tokelau 2012
- 0.5 g Gold, Saltwater Crocodile, Tokelau 2012
- 0.5 g Gold, Eastern Brown Snake, Tokelau 2012
- 0.5 g Gold, Box Jellyfish, Tokelau 2012
- 1 oz Silver, Funnel Web Spider, Tuvalu 2012
- 1 oz Silver, Yellow-Bellied Sea Snake, Tuvalu 2013
- 1 oz Silver, Spider-Hunting Scorpion, Tuvalu 2014
- 1 oz Silver, Bull Ant, Tuvalu 2015
- 1 oz Silver, Death Adder, Tuvalu 2016
- 1 oz Silver, Bull Shark, Tuvalu 2017
- 1 oz Gold, Red-Back Spider, Niue 2018
- 1 oz Silver, Dingo, Tuvalu 2018
- 0.5 g Gold, Red-Back Spider, Solomon Islands 2019
- 0.5 g Gold, Great White Shark, Solomon Islands 2019
- 0.5 g Gold, Blue-Ringed Octopus, Solomon Islands 2019
- 0.5 g Gold, Saltwater Crocodile, Solomon Islands 2019
- 0.5 g Gold, Eastern Brown Snake, Solomon Islands 2019
- 0.5 g Gold, Dingo, Solomon Islands 2019
- 0.5 g Gold, Spider-Hunting Scorpion, Solomon Islands 2019
- 1 oz Silver, Lionfish, Tuvalu 2019
- 5 oz Gold, Red-Back Spider, Niue 2020
- 5 oz Silver, Red-Back Spider, Niue 2020
- 1 oz Gold, Tarantula, Niue 2020
- 1 oz Silver, Tarantula, Tuvalu 2020
- 1 oz Gold, Stingray, Niue 2021
- 0.5 g Gold, Box Jellyfish, Solomon Islands 2021
- 0.5 g Gold, Funnelweb Spider, Solomon Islands 2021
- 0.5 g Gold, Bull Ant, Solomon Islands 2021
- 0.5 g Gold, Death Adder, Solomon Islands 2021
- 0.5 g Gold, Bull Shark, Solomon Islands 2021
- 0.5 g Gold, Lionfish, Solomon Islands 2021
- 0.5 g Gold, Stingray, Solomon Islands 2021
- 1 oz Silver, Stingray, Tuvalu 2021
- 1 oz Gold, Red-Bellied Black Snake, Niue 2022
- 1 oz Silver, Red-Bellied Black Snake, Tuvalu 2022
- 1 oz Gold, Tiger Shark, Niue 2023
- 1 oz Silver, Tiger Shark, Tuvalu 2023
- 1 oz Silver, Bluebottle, Tuvalu 2024

All (14) coins of type: Gold Half Gram
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Gold Half Gram 2011 Roald Amundsen 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ~ ELIZABETH II ~ TOKELAU 2011 ~ FIVE DOLLARS
Gold Half Gram 2012 Red-Back Spider 2,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ~ ELIZABETH II ~ TOKELAU 2012 ~ FIVE DOLLARS
Gold Half Gram 2012 Great White Shark 2,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ~ ELIZABETH II ~ TOKELAU 2012 ~ FIVE DOLLARS
Gold Half Gram 2012 Blue-Ringed Octopus 2,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ~ ELIZABETH II ~ TOKELAU 2012 ~ FIVE DOLLARS
Gold Half Gram 2012 Saltwater Crocodile 2,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ~ ELIZABETH II ~ TOKELAU 2012 ~ FIVE DOLLARS
Gold Half Gram 2012 Eastern Brown Snake 2,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ~ ELIZABETH II ~ TOKELAU 2012 ~ FIVE DOLLARS
Gold Half Gram 2012 Box Jellyfish 2,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ~ ELIZABETH II ~ TOKELAU 2012 ~ FIVE DOLLARS
Gold Half Gram 2012 HMS Dolphin 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ~ ELIZABETH II ~ TOKELAU 2012 ~ FIVE DOLLARS
Gold Half Gram 2012 Thalasseus Bergii 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ~ ELIZABETH II ~ TOKELAU 2012 ~ FIVE DOLLARS
Gold Half Gram 2012 Orca 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ~ ELIZABETH II ~ TOKELAU 2012 ~ FIVE DOLLARS
Gold Half Gram 2014 Unicorn 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait · ELIZABETH II TOKELAU 2014 · ~ FIVE DOLLARS - 0,5 g 9999 Gold ~
Gold Half Gram 2014 Pegasus 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait · ELIZABETH II TOKELAU 2014 · ~ FIVE DOLLARS - 0,5 g 9999 Gold ~
Gold Half Gram 2015 Yellowfin Tuna 1,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait · ELIZABETH II TOKELAU 2015 · ~ FIVE DOLLARS - 0,5g 9999 Gold ~
Gold Half Gram 2015 Great White Shark 1,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait · ELIZABETH II TOKELAU 2015 · ~ FIVE DOLLARS - 0,5g 9999 Gold ~
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Gold Half Gram 2012 Blue-Ringed Octopus: Details
CountryTokelau
CurrencyTokelau Dollar
Coin TypeGold Half Gram
Issued2012
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value5 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage2,000
Mintage Limit2,000
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size11.0000 mm
Mass0.5000 g
OCC IDAPVZ-OYRC-DJXP-ELMD
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