Silver Kilo 2022 Goddess Europa, Coin from Tokelau - detailed information

Silver Kilo 2022 Goddess Europa, Coin from Tokelau
CoinSilver Kilo 2022 Goddess Europa

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.

Some of these are in the large silver kilogram format.

This bullion "coin bar" is part of a series which features Goddess Europa, after whom the continent of Europe was named.

In Greek mythology, Europa (Ancient Greek: Εὐρώπη) was a Phoenician princess of Argive Greek origin, and the mother of King Minos of Crete. The story of her abduction by Zeus in the form of a bull was a Cretan story. Europa's earliest literary reference is in the Iliad, which is commonly dated to the 8th century BC.

Supreme god Zeus was enamoured of Europa and decided to seduce or rape her, the two being near-equivalent in Greek myth. He transformed himself into a tame white bull and mixed in with her father's herds. While Europa and her helpers were gathering flowers, she saw the bull, caressed his flanks, and eventually got onto his back. Zeus took that opportunity and ran to the sea and swam, with her on his back, to the island of Crete. He then revealed his true identity, and Europa became the first queen of Crete.

MintBulmint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage3,000
Tokelau / Silver Kilo 2022 Goddess Europa - 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 · 50 DOLLARS · 2022 ·.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · TOKELAU · 50 DOLLARS · 2022 ·
Tokelau / Silver Kilo 2022 Goddess Europa - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin bar illustrates the legend of Europa and the bull (Zeus), depicting her riding a bull.

Below, the inscription GODDESS EUROPA. Further down, on three lines the precious metal content: Fine Silver 999.9 1000 g (one thousand grams of 99.99% silver), interrupted by a rectangle with the bar's unique serial number.

Reverse Inscription GODDESS EUROPA Fine Silver 999.9 [serial number] 1000 g
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone

Silver content (Troy oz): 32.1507
Finish: bullion (Brilliant Uncirculated).
Packaging: with numbered assay certificate matching the number engraved on the bar.

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Silver Kilo 2022 Goddess Europa: Details
CurrencyTokelau Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Kilo
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value50 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage3,000
Material0.9999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size 66 x 124 mm
Thickness12.000 mm
Mass1,000.000 g
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Silver Kilo 2022 Goddess Europa: Photos
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