Gold Ounce 2021 The Great Old One - Cthulhu, Coin from Tokelau - detailed information

Gold Ounce 2021 The Great Old One - Cthulhu, Coin from Tokelau
CoinGold Ounce 2021 The Great Old One - Cthulhu

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 of non-circulating coins since 1978. These are denominated in dollars or "Tala" (the local word for dollar) and cents.

The country has also authorised some foreign mints to issue non circulating bullion coins under its jurisdiction, such as this 1 oz (one ounce) gold coin.

This coin commemorates British writer H.P. Lovecraft's horror stories about monster Cthulhu.

Considered a Great Old One within the pantheon of Lovecraftian cosmic entities, Cthulhu was first introduced in his short story "The Call of Cthulhu" published in 1928. The creature has since been featured in numerous popular culture references. Lovecraft depicts it as a gigantic entity worshipped by cultists, in the shape of a green octopus, dragon, and a caricature of human form. The Lovecraft-inspired universe, the Cthulhu Mythos, where it exists with its fellow entities, is named after it.

The imprisoned Cthulhu is apparently the source of constant subconscious anxiety for all mankind, and is also the object of worship, both by many human cults (including some within New Zealand, Greenland, Louisiana, and the Chinese mountains) and by other Lovecraftian monsters (called Deep Ones and Mi-Go). The short story asserts the premise that, while currently trapped, Cthulhu will eventually return. His worshippers chant "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" ("In his house at R'lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming").

MintAPMEX Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage100
Obverse
Tokelau / Gold Ounce 2021 The Great Old One - Cthulhu - 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: TOKELAU 100 DOLLARS ELIZABETH II 2021.

Above the date, the precious metal content: 1 oz .9999 FINE GOLD (one troy ounce of 99.99% gold).

The circle with the Queen's effigy and inscriptions is off-centre. Below it, a steamship travelling from the issuing country of Tokelau in the Pacific to the sunken city of R'lyeh as indicated by a symbol of Cthulhu and oriented by compass rose.

The Queen's effigy, and the background of the obverse outside the circle with the effigy, are frosted.

Obverse Inscription TOKELAU 100 DOLLARS ELIZABETH II 2021
Reverse
Tokelau / Gold Ounce 2021 The Great Old One - Cthulhu - reverse photo

The reverse design features mighty Cthulhu awake from his slumber and attacking the steamship that had been travelling to R'lyeh on the obverse of the coin.

Circumscribed around the edge is the English translation of the cult of Cthulhu chant, which can only be revealed through a looking glass (in a mirror, it reads IN HIS HOUSE AT R'LYEH, DEAD CTHULHU WAITS DREAMING).

Reverse Inscription IN HIS HOUSE AT R'LYEH, DEAD CTHULHU WAITS DREAMING
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Notes

Finish: bullion (Brilliant Uncirculated).
Packaging: in capsule (no box), with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Note that the certificate states (in error) the country and denomination as Niue $250.

See also

There is also a silver ounce with the same design.

All (15) coins of type: Gold Ounce (1 oz), Bullion
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Gold Ounce 2021 The Great Old One - Cthulhu 100 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait TOKELAU 100 DOLLARS ELIZABETH II 2021
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Gold Ounce 2022 Equilibrium 300 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II - TOKELAU 2022 1 oz FINE GOLD 9999
Gold Ounce 2022 Chronos 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II TOKELAU 2022 1 oz FINE GOLD 9999
Gold Ounce 2022 Terra 999 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait 100 DOLLARS ELIZABETH II - TOKELAU TERRA 2022
Gold Ounce 2022 Vivat Humanitas 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II TOKELAU 2022 100 DOLLARS
Gold Ounce 2022 Icon - Marilyn Monroe 999 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait TOKELAU 100 DOLLARS 2022 1 OZ FINE GOLD ELIZABETH II
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Gold Ounce 2021 The Great Old One - Cthulhu: Details
CountryTokelau
CurrencyTokelau Dollar
Coin TypeGold Ounce (1 oz), Bullion
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value100 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage100
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size32.000 mm
Mass31.100 g
OCC IDANMQ-OPYC-QXLR-EJYG
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