Gold Half Gram 2012 Orca, Coin from Tokelau - detailed information

Gold Half Gram 2012 Orca, Coin from Tokelau
CoinGold Half Gram 2012 Orca

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 part of an extensive CIT series dedicated to wildlife, and features the Orca.

The killer whale or orca (Orcinus orca) is a toothed whale belonging to the oceanic dolphin family, of which it is the largest member. It is recognisable by its black body with a white underside and patches near each eye. Killer whales have a diverse diet, although individual populations often specialise in particular types of prey. Some feed exclusively on fish, while others hunt marine mammals such as seals and other species of dolphin. They have been known to attack baleen whale calves, and even adult whales. Killer whales are apex predators, as no animal preys on them.

MintCIT Coin Invest Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage15,000
Tokelau / Gold Half Gram 2012 Orca - 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 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
Tokelau / Gold Half Gram 2012 Orca - reverse photo

Within a plain rim, the reverse of the coin shows orcas (killer whales) breaching the ocean surface.

Around above, the inscription TOKELAU MARINE LIFE.

Reverse Inscription TOKELAU MARINE LIFE
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone

Finish: proof
CIT Item ID: 25693

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Gold Half Gram 2012 Orca: Details
CurrencyTokelau Dollar
Coin TypeGold Half Gram
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value5 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage15,000
Material0.9999 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size11.000 mm
Mass0.500 g
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