Silver Ounce 2017 Year of the Rooster - Mirror Rooster, Coin from Tokelau - detailed information

Silver Ounce 2017 Year of the Rooster - Mirror Rooster, Coin from Tokelau
CoinSilver Ounce 2017 Year of the Rooster - Mirror Rooster

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 coins under its jurisdiction, such as this 1 oz (one ounce) silver coin.

This coin is part of a series of "mirror" designs featuring the animals of the Chinese zodiac.

The 2017 Year of the Rooster commenced on 28 January 2017 and represents the only bird to feature in the Chinese Lunar Calendar. People born in the lunar year of the Rooster are said to be very observant and have a keen "sixth sense". They take great pride in their appearance and like to be noticed. With a cautious, even sceptical mind, they are not easily fooled and are said to make excellent trouble shooters, detectives, doctors, nurses and psychiatrists. Roosters are also highly sociable and make great hosts and adore entertaining. Their main virtue is loyalty and they make devoted friends who will always keep their promises and be true to their word.

MintMint of Norway Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage500
Obverse
Tokelau / Silver Ounce 2017 Year of the Rooster - Mirror Rooster - 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 2017 ~ FIVE DOLLARS.

Above the value and denomination, divided by the Queen's portrait, the precious metal content: 1 oz. 999 SILVER (one troy ounce of 99.9% silver).

The rim is decorated with a geometric pattern.

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

Obverse Inscription ~ ELIZABETH II ~ TOKELAU 2017 ~ FIVE DOLLARS
Reverse
Tokelau / Silver Ounce 2017 Year of the Rooster - Mirror Rooster - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin features two roosters with a mirror image effect: the rooster on one side is sculpted on a highly polished proof table, the other side with a frosted table and a polished rooster.

Around above, the date of issue 2017. Around below, YEAR OF THE ROOSTER.

Reverse Inscription 2017 YEAR OF THE ROOSTER
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: proof.
Packaging: in presentation box, with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

The "mirror" series is produced by Australian company Treasures of Oz, which manages most of the issues for Tokelau and outsources the striking of the coins to various mints.

See also

Coins in the mirror Zodiac series issued for Tokelau include:
- 1 oz Silver, 2016 Year of the Monkey - Mirror Monkey
- 1 oz Silver, 2017 Year of the Rooster - Mirror Rooster
- 1 oz Silver, 2018 Year of the Dog - Mirror Dog
- 1 oz Silver, 2019 Year of the Pig - Mirror Pig
- 1 oz Silver, 2020 Year of the Rat - Mirror Rat
- 1 oz Silver, 2021 Year of the Ox - Mirror Ox
- 1 oz Silver, 2022 Year of the Tiger - Mirror Tiger

All (18) coins of type: Silver Ounce (1 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Silver Ounce 2014 Unicorn 60,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait · ELIZABETH II TOKELAU 2014 · ~ FIVE DOLLARS - 1 oz 999 Silver ~
Silver Ounce 2014 Pegasus 60,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait · ELIZABETH II TOKELAU 2014 · ~ FIVE DOLLARS - 1 oz 999 Silver ~
Silver Ounce 2015 Ace of Spades 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ONE DOLLAR ELIZABETH II TOKELAU 2015 1oz 999 Silver
Silver Ounce 2015 Ace of Hearts 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ONE DOLLAR ELIZABETH II TOKELAU 2015 1oz 999 Silver
Silver Ounce 2015 Ace of Diamonds 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ONE DOLLAR ELIZABETH II TOKELAU 2015 1oz 999 Silver
Silver Ounce 2015 Ace of Clubs 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ONE DOLLAR ELIZABETH II TOKELAU 2015 1oz 999 Silver
Silver Ounce 2016 Year of the Monkey - Mirror Monkey 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ~ ELIZABETH II ~ TOKELAU 2016 ~ FIVE DOLLARS
Silver Ounce 2017 Year of the Rooster - Mirror Rooster 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ~ ELIZABETH II ~ TOKELAU 2017 ~ FIVE DOLLARS
Silver Ounce 2018 Year of the Dog - Mirror Dog 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ~ ELIZABETH II ~ TOKELAU 2018 ~ FIVE DOLLARS
Silver Ounce 2019 Year of the Pig - Mirror Pig 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ~ ELIZABETH II ~ TOKELAU 2019 ~ FIVE DOLLARS
Silver Ounce 2020 Year of the Rat - Mirror Rat 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ~ ELIZABETH II ~ TOKELAU 2020 ~ FIVE DOLLARS
Silver Ounce 2020 Royal Portraits 2,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II TOKELAU 2021 5 DOLLARS 1oz 999 Ag
Silver Ounce 2021 Year of the Ox - Mirror Ox 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ~ ELIZABETH II ~ TOKELAU 2021 ~ FIVE DOLLARS
Silver Ounce 2021 Diana - Princess of Wales 1,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II TOKELAU 2021 5 DOLLARS 1oz 999 Ag
Silver Ounce 2022 Year of the Tiger - Mirror Tiger 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ~ ELIZABETH II ~ TOKELAU 2022 ~ FIVE DOLLARS
Silver Ounce 2022 Queen Elizabeth II Accession 1,952 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II TOKELAU 2022 5 DOLLARS 1oz 999 Ag
Silver Ounce 2022 Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee 1,952 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II TOKELAU 2022 5 DOLLARS 1oz 999 Ag
Silver Ounce 2022 Diana - Princess of Wales 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II TOKELAU 2022 5 DOLLARS 1oz 999 Ag
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Silver Ounce 2017 Year of the Rooster - Mirror Rooster: Details
CountryTokelau
CurrencyTokelau Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz)
Issued2017
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value5 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage500
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size65.000 mm
Mass31.100 g
OCC IDPMVR-EAPC-YDAK-ONQG
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