Gold Half Gram 2012 Thalasseus Bergii, Coin from Tokelau - detailed information

Gold Half Gram 2012 Thalasseus Bergii, Coin from Tokelau
CoinGold Half Gram 2012 Thalasseus Bergii

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 a Thalasseus Bergii bird.

The greater crested tern (Thalasseus bergii), also called crested tern or swift tern, is a tern in the family Laridae that nests in dense colonies on coastlines and islands in the tropical and subtropical Old World. Its five subspecies breed in the area from South Africa around the Indian Ocean to the central Pacific and Australia, all populations dispersing widely from the breeding range after nesting. This large tern is closely related to the royal and lesser crested terns, but can be distinguished by its size and bill colour.

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

Within a plain rim, the reverse of the coin shows a tern perched on a rock.

Around left, the inscription THALASSEUS BERGII. Below right, 2012.

Reverse Inscription THALASSEUS BERGII 2012
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: proof
CIT Item ID: 25876

All (12) 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 ~
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Gold Half Gram 2012 Thalasseus Bergii: 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 Mintage15,000
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size11.000 mm
Mass0.500 g
OCC IDDKLM-EMKC-YLXV-ENZB
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