Gold Gram 2018 Happy Diwali, Coin from Tuvalu - detailed information

Gold Gram 2018 Happy Diwali, Coin from Tuvalu
CoinGold Gram 2018 Happy Diwali

The Tuvaluan Dollar is the currency of Tuvalu - a small nation in the Pacific Ocean. Tuvalu has never had banknotes of its own, and has been issuing coins since 1976; these circulate together with coins of the Australian Dollar, which is also legal tender in the country, and to which the Tuvaluan Dollar is pegged.

The Australian Perth Mint issues a large variety of non-circulating legal tender coins under the authority of Tuvalu. Some of these are in the "mini-coin" one gram of gold format. The coins are not bullion, as they are priced at a premium and are targeted at collectors who appreciate them for their artistic merit and collectable value and not just for their precious metal content.

This coin was issued to celebrate the Diwali Festival in 2017. The Mint says about it:
To celebrate Diwali, the annual "festival of lights", this coin features a representation of a dancing Ganesha. Diwali is celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and some Buddhists around the world. At the heart of the jubilant five-day festivities is the triumph of light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance.

As the Hindu deity of intellect, patron of arts and sciences, and remover of obstacles, the elephant-like Ganesha is worshipped with the goddess Lakshmi to welcome wisdom along with wealth.

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Obverse
Tuvalu / Gold Gram 2018 Happy Diwali - 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: QUEEN ELIZABETH II 4 DOLLARS TUVALU 2018.

Obverse Inscription QUEEN ELIZABETH II 4 DOLLARS TUVALU 2018
Reverse
Tuvalu / Gold Gram 2018 Happy Diwali - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin features a representation of Ganesha holding a lotus flower and an ornamental axe.

The design includes the inscription 1 GRAM 9999 GOLD around below, and the Perth Mint’s traditional P mint mark below right.

Reverse Inscription 1 GRAM 9999 GOLD
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Notes

Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated.
The coin is presented in a themed Diwali card showing the coin’s reverse and obverse, with room to write a message when the card is opened.
Perth Mint SKU: 18D35AAD
Issue price: AU$ 130.00, US$ 93.09

See also

Coins and medals issued by the Perth Mint to celebrate Diwali include:
- 1 g Gold, Happy Diwali, Tuvalu 2018
- 1 oz Silver Coloured, Happy Diwali, Tuvalu 2017
- 1 oz Silver Coloured, Happy Diwali, Tuvalu 2018
- 1 oz Silver Coloured Diwali Medallion, 2019
- 1 oz Silver Coloured Diwali Medallion, 2020
- 1 oz Silver Coloured Diwali Medallion, 2021
- 1 oz Silver Gilded Diwali Medallion, 2022
- $1 Coloured, Happy Diwali, Tuvalu 2017
- $1 Coloured, Happy Diwali, Tuvalu 2018

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Gold Gram 2018 Happy Diwali: Details
CountryTuvalu
CurrencyTuvaluan Dollar
Coin TypeGold Gram (1 g)
Issued2018
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value4 (x Dollar)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerJennifer McKenna
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size11.600 mm
Thickness1.000 mm
Mass1.001 g
OCC IDPMVR-EAPC-YNYV-ONQG
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