Gold Tenth-Ounce 2016 Pearl Harbor, Coin from Tuvalu - detailed information

Gold Tenth-Ounce 2016 Pearl Harbor, Coin from Tuvalu
CoinGold Tenth-Ounce 2016 Pearl Harbor

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 tenth-ounce format (abbreviated as 1/10 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 coin commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack of Pearl Harbor, which finally forced the United States to enter World War II.

MintPerth Mint Mint MarkLetter P Mintage Limit (1,000 )
Obverse
Tuvalu / Gold Tenth-Ounce 2016 Pearl Harbor - 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 1/10oz 9999 GOLD 2016 TUVALU 15 DOLLARS.

The inscription around the rim also incorporates the precious metal content. "1/10 oz 9999 GOLD" means "one tenth of a troy ounce of 99.99% gold".

Obverse Inscription QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1/10oz 9999 GOLD 2016 TUVALU 15 DOLLARS
Reverse
Tuvalu / Gold Tenth-Ounce 2016 Pearl Harbor - reverse photo

The reverse design shows Japanese bomber planes flying low over American battle ships.

Around above near the rim, the inscription 75TH ANNIVERSARY. Around below, PEARL HARBOR MCMXLI (MCMXLI is the Latin numeral for the year when the attack happened, 1941).

The Perth Mint's P mint mark is on the left. The designer's initials TV (for Thomas Vaughan) are on a ship below right, above the I in MCMXLI).

Reverse Inscription 75TH ANNIVERSARY PEARL HARBOR MCMXLI
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Gold Content (Troy oz): 0.100
Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated.

See also

The design was issued in several different formats:
- 2 oz Gold, Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary, 2016
- 1 oz Gold, Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary, 2016
- 1/4 oz Gold, Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary, 2016
- 1/10 oz Gold, Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary, 2016
- 1 oz Silver, Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary, 2016

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Gold Tenth-Ounce 2016 Pearl Harbor: Details
CountryTuvalu
CurrencyTuvaluan Dollar
Coin TypeGold Tenth-Ounce (1/10 oz)
Issued2016
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value15 (x Dollar)
Mintageunknown
Mintage Limit1,000
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerThomas Vaughan
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size16.6000 mm
Thickness1.500 mm
Mass3.1100 g
OCC IDNXYD-ENZC-XRQA-EVRB
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