Gold Ounce 2020 Royal Portraits, Coin from Tokelau - detailed information

Gold Ounce 2020 Royal Portraits, Coin from Tokelau
CoinGold Ounce 2020 Royal Portraits

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 ounce is an internationally popular format, and is denominated as One Hundred Dollars.

The Royal Portraits gold coin is a tribute to Britain’s longest reigning monarch Queen Elizabeth II. The design depicts the new Jody Clark portrait and five other images of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II from young to old.

Since 1952, Elizabeth II has been the constitutional monarch of 16 Commonwealth Realms-designated sovereign states. In addition she is head of the 53-nation Commonwealth of Nations and secular head of the Anglican Church of England. Queen Elizabeth II is the longest reigning monarch in history.

MintB. H. Mayer Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage150
Tokelau / Gold Ounce 2020 Royal Portraits - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin depicts the crowned old bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown worn for her Coronation (effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait" worldwide but "Sixth Portrait" in Australia, where the Queen's portrait by Vladimir Gottwald was fifth).

The Queen also wears the Coronation Necklace; originally made for Queen Victoria in 1858, it was also worn at the coronations (as Queen's Consort) of Queen Alexandra in 1902, Queen Mary in 1911 and Queen Elizabeth (the Queen mother) in 1937.

Unlike on British coinage, the effigy is "uncouped" (includes the Queen's shoulders). In small letters on the left, the artist's initials JC (for Jody Clark).

Running continuously around the rim is the monarch's legend, the date of issue and the face value: 100 DOLLARS · 2020 TOKELAU · ELIZABETH II · 1oz 9999 GOLD.

The inscription around the rim also incorporates the precious metal content - one troy ounce of 99.99% gold.

Below the portrait is a representation of the national flag of Tokelau.

Obverse Inscription 100 DOLLARS · 2020 TOKELAU · ELIZABETH II · 1oz 9999 GOLD
Tokelau / Gold Ounce 2020 Royal Portraits - reverse photo

At the centre of the design is a shield with the Queen's cypher, E II R, crowned with the Crown of St Edward.

Around above that are shown the five "definitive" portraits of Queen Elizabeth II which have been used on British and Commonwealth coinage since her accession to the throne, plus one used in Australia only:
- the First Portrait by Mary Gillick (1953),
- the Second Portrait by Arnold Machin (1964),
- the Third Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (1985),
- the Fourth Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (1988),
- the Portrait by Vladimir Gottwald - considered Fifth in Australia (2000), and
- the Fifth Portrait by Jody Clark - considered Sixth in Australia (2015).

The portraits are selectively plated with platinum.

Around below, the inscription ROYAL PORTRAITS, around below which in larger letters, QUEEN ELIZABETH II.

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Finish: proof, selective platinum plating.
Packaging: boxed, with numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

It seems that the coin was commissioned by Australian coin company Treasures of Oz, and struck by B.H. Mayer in Germany.

See also

There is also a silver one-ounce coin with the same design.

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Gold Ounce 2020 Royal Portraits: Details
CurrencyTokelau Dollar
Coin TypeGold Ounce (1 oz)
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Uncouped version)
Face Value100 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage150
Material0.9999 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.600 mm
Mass31.100 g
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