Gold Half Gram 2012 Saltwater Crocodile, Coin from Tokelau - detailed information

Gold Half Gram 2012 Saltwater Crocodile, Coin from Tokelau
CoinGold Half Gram 2012 Saltwater Crocodile

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 Tala.

This coin is a small gold version of the fourth issue in the Deadly and Dangerous series featuring native Australian animals, and shows a Saltwater Crocodile.

MintCoin Invest Trust (CIT) Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage2,000
Obverse
Tokelau / Gold Half Gram 2012 Saltwater Crocodile - 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
Reverse
Tokelau / Gold Half Gram 2012 Saltwater Crocodile - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows a saltwater crocodile, its mouth wide open; in the background, water lilies.

Around above, the inscription SALTWATER CROCODILE.

Reverse Inscription SALTWATER CROCODILE
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.

Issued 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 are issued for a number of counties and include:
- 1 oz Silver, Tuvalu, Red-Back Spider 2006
- 1 oz Silver, Tuvalu, Great White Shark 2007
- 1 oz Silver, Tuvalu, Blue-Ringed Octopus 2008
- 1 oz Silver, Tuvalu, Saltwater Crocodile 2009
- 1 oz Silver, Tuvalu, Eastern Brown Snake 2010
- 1 oz Silver, Tuvalu, Box Jellyfish 2011
- 1 oz Silver, Tuvalu, Red-Back Spider (Russian version) 2011
- 1 oz Silver, Tuvalu, Great White Shark (Russian version) 2011
- 1 oz Silver, Tuvalu, Blue-Ringed Octopus (Russian version) 2011
- 1 oz Silver, Tuvalu, Saltwater Crocodile (Russian version) 2011
- 1 oz Silver, Tuvalu, Eastern Brown Snake (Russian version) 2011
- 0.5 g Gold, Tokelau, Red-Back Spider 2012
- 0.5 g Gold, Tokelau, Great White Shark 2012
- 0.5 g Gold, Tokelau, Blue-Ringed Octopus 2012
- 0.5 g Gold, Tokelau, Saltwater Crocodile 2012
- 0.5 g Gold, Tokelau, Eastern Brown Snake 2012
- 0.5 g Gold, Tokelau, Box Jellyfish 2012
- 1 oz Silver, Tuvalu, Funnel Web Spider 2012
- 1 oz Silver, Tuvalu, Yellow-Bellied Sea Snake 2013
- 1 oz Silver, Tuvalu, Spider-Hunting Scorpion 2014
- 1 oz Silver, Tuvalu, Bull Ant 2015
- 1 oz Silver, Tuvalu, Death Adder 2016
- 1 oz Silver, Tuvalu, Bull Shark 2017
- 1 oz Gold, Niue, Red-Back Spider 2018
- 1 oz Silver, Tuvalu, Dingo 2018
- 1 oz Silver, Tuvalu, Lionfish 2019
- 5 oz Gold, Niue, Red-Back Spider 2020
- 5 oz Silver, Niue, Red-Back Spider 2020
- 1 oz Gold, Niue, Tarantula 2020
- 1 oz Silver, Tuvalu, Tarantula 2020
- 1 oz Gold, Niue, Stingray 2021
- 1 oz Silver, Tuvalu, Stingray 2021

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Gold Half Gram 2012 Saltwater Crocodile: Details
CountryTokelau
CurrencyTokelau Dollar
Coin TypeGold Half Gram
Issued2012
MonarchQueen Victoria
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)
Size11.000 mm
Mass0.500 g
OCC IDANMQ-OPYC-WQVZ-EJYG
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