|Coin||Gold Quarter Ounce 2020 John Wayne|
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 gold quarter-ounce format (abbreviated as 1/4 oz). Strictly speaking, they 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 silver coin is part of a long running series by the Perth Mint featuring famous movies and actors, and is dedicated to John Wayne.
The Mint says about it:
Active during America’s most celebrated era of cinema, John Wayne was a beloved star of the Western genre. Nicknamed "the Duke", he shot to stardom with the release Stagecoach in 1939 and starred in, directed and produced more than 170 movies across an impressive 50-year career. A symbol of courage, patriotism and honour, John Wayne remains one of the most celebrated actors of all time.
||Mint Mark||Letter P
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 1/4oz 9999 Au 2020 TUVALU 25 DOLLARS.
The inscription around the rim also incorporates the precious metal content. "1/4 oz 9999 Au" means "one quarter of a troy ounce of 99.99% gold" ("Au" is abbreviated from Aurum, the Latin word for gold).
The coin’s reverse design depicts John Wayne wearing his trademark cowboy hat and bandana, against a rural Western backdrop. Also included in the design is a blue border with white stars reminiscent of the American flag.
Around above, the inscription JOHN WAYNE™.
The Perth Mint’s P mint mark is on the right. In small letters below left, behind the actor's back, the designer's initials LB, for Lucas Bowers.
Gold content (Troy oz): 0.250
Finish: proof, coloured.
Packaging: the coin is presented in a branded timber display case within a themed shipper designed to emulate a leather satchel, accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Perth Mint SKU: 20F73AAA
Issue price: AU$ 1,105.00, US$ 791.31
Coins featuring John Wayne, and issued for Tuvalu include:
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, John Wayne, 2020
- 1 oz Silver Coloured Proof, John Wayne, 2020
- 1 oz Silver, John Wayne, 2020
- 1 oz Silver, John Wayne, 2021
- 1 oz Silver Coloured Proof, John Wayne, 2022