|Coin||Gold Ounce 2022 Equilibrium|
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 is the fifth design in the Equilibrium series of bullion coins by the Pressburg Mint, and the second one issued in gold. The coins in the series have a new design every year and are about balance - equilibrium - between technology and humanity.
The Mint says about it:
The yin-yang is an especially important and popular representation of harmony, sprouting from the rich Asian tradition in philosophy. Humanity has already explored much of our planet Earth. Now, we are not only focusing outwards into space, but inwards into our consciousness as well. What is the relationship between our own selves and the great vastness beyond?
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: ELIZABETH II - TOKELAU 2022 1 oz FINE GOLD 9999.
The inscription also includes the metal content, one troy ounce of 99.99% gold.
The background is patterned with geometric forms made of thin lines.
The reverse features a design representing the yin-yang symbol, with a geometric pattern in a circle within a human brain on the left, and on the right the planet Earth surrounded by stars linked by thin lines as constellations.
Around right, the name of the series followed by the face value: EQUILIBRIUM - 100 DOLLARS.
||EQUILIBRIUM - 100 DOLLARS
Gold content (Troy oz.): 1.000
Issue price: 1,860.00 EUR
Mintage of these coins seems to be "on demand". The company announces on its web site the mintage limit of the coin, and the number of currently minted coins.
As of 3 March 2023, there were 63 minted coins of this kind.
Minted as of 4 October 2023: 76 pieces.
Coins in the Equilibrium series include:
- 1 oz Silver, Equilibrium, Tokelau 2018
- 1 oz Silver, Equilibrium, Tokelau 2019
- 1 oz Silver, Equilibrium, Tokelau 2020
- 1 oz Gold, Equilibrium, Tokelau 2021
- 1/10 oz Gold, Equilibrium, Tokelau 2021
- 1 oz Silver, Equilibrium, Tokelau 2021
- 1 oz Gold, Equilibrium, Tokelau 2022
- 1/10 oz Gold, Equilibrium, Tokelau 2022
- 1 oz Silver, Equilibrium, Tokelau 2022
- 1 oz Gold, Equilibrium, Niue 2023
- 1/10 oz Gold, Equilibrium, Niue 2023
- 1 oz Silver, Equilibrium, Niue 2023