Silver Half Ounce 2014 Yellowfin Tuna, Coin from Tokelau - detailed information

Silver Half Ounce 2014 Yellowfin Tuna, Coin from Tokelau
CoinSilver Half Ounce 2014 Yellowfin Tuna

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, and has also authorised some foreign mints to issue bullion coins under its jurisdiction.

The silver half ounce (abbreviated as 1/2 oz) is an internationally popular format, and is denominated as Two Dollars.

This coin is the first issue in a twelve-year series of bullion coins called Marine Life, and features the Yellowfin Tuna.

The atolls of Tokelau are home to a myriad of fish that form a fundamental part of every day life for the local people. The wonderful variety of species, shapes and colours of the fish known in the waters surrounding Tokelau provide the perfect design theme for this legal tender coin series. As all the fish have local names as well as their more recognisable English names, both have been used on the coins, bringing a taste of the local culture to the program.

The yellowfin tuna is one of the most popular fish to anglers, both for sport and for food. This fish takes its name from the vivid yellow sickle-shaped fins that extend above and below its sleek body. Tuna are large and powerful ocean swimmers, and the yellowfin is no exception. This fish can grow to almost 3 meters long and 400 kg in weight, and is a voracious predator that preys upon smaller fish and squid. Unlike most fish, tuna are actually warm-blooded, which makes them swift swimmers that can migrate across entire oceans.

MintHighland Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage250,000
Obverse
Tokelau / Silver Half Ounce 2014 Yellowfin Tuna - 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: · ELIZABETH II TOKELAU 2014 · ~ TWO DOLLARS - 1/2 oz 999 Silver ~.

Below the Queen's effigy is 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 AUA ("Tokelau for God") reflect the strong influence of Christianity in Tokelau.

Obverse Inscription · ELIZABETH II TOKELAU 2014 · ~ TWO DOLLARS - 1/2 oz 999 Silver ~
Reverse
Tokelau / Silver Half Ounce 2014 Yellowfin Tuna - reverse photo

The reverse design shows a tuna fish swimming above corals.

Around above, the inscription KAKAHI - YELLOWFIN TUNA. Around below, TOKELAU.

Reverse Inscription KAKAHI - YELLOWFIN TUNA TOKELAU
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

No primary information is available about this series. It seems that the coins are developed and produced by Australian company Treasures of Oz, with the initial silver pieces struck by the Highland Mint in the US, and the rest of the coins struck by B.H. Mayer in Germany.

See also

Coins in the Marine Life series include:
- 1 oz Silver, Kakahi - Yellowfin Tuna, 2014
- 1/2 oz Silver, Kakahi - Yellowfin Tuna, 2014

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Silver Half Ounce 2014 Yellowfin Tuna: Details
CountryTokelau
CurrencyTokelau Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Half Ounce (1/2 oz), Bullion
Issued2014
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value2 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage250,000
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size30.000 mm
Mass15.550 g
OCC IDGAVP-OXAC-PKPV-EMDY
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