One Dollar 2017 Happy Diwali, Coin from Tuvalu - detailed information

One Dollar 2017 Happy Diwali, Coin from Tuvalu
CoinOne Dollar 2017 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 (NCLT) coins under the authority of Tuvalu. Some of these are in the one dollar denomination, and have the same specifications that the mint uses for its large non-circulating Australian dollar range; these are larger than the normal circulating dollar coins.

This coin was issued to celebrate the Diwali Festival in 2017. The Mint says about it:
Diwali is an ancient five day Hindu "festival of lights". Celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and some Buddhists around the world, is it considered one of the happiest holidays in India and Nepal. The main theme of the festival is the triumph of light over darkness, goodness over evil, knowledge over ignorance and hope over despair.

MintPerth Mint Mint MarkLetter P Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
Tuvalu / One Dollar 2017 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 1 DOLLAR TUVALU 2017.

Obverse Inscription QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1 DOLLAR TUVALU 2017
Reverse
Tuvalu / One Dollar 2017 Happy Diwali - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin features a coloured representation of Lakshmi sitting on a lotus flower with gold coins pouring out of her (four) hands, symbolising material and spiritual wealth.

The design includes the inscription happy diwali (divided by the figure of the goddess, and written in the style of an Indian alphabet), and the Perth Mint’s traditional P mint mark below right.

The designer's initials JM (for Jennifer McKenna) are on the lotus below right.

Reverse Inscription happy diwali
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Notes

Issued in PNC with an Australia Post $1.00 stamp. The stamp is postmarked for the first day of issue and the envelope includes Australia Post’s Seal of Authenticity.
Perth Mint SKU: 17C62AAA

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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One Dollar 2017 Happy Diwali: Details
CountryTuvalu
CurrencyTuvaluan Dollar
Coin TypeOne Dollar, NCLT
Issued2017
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value1 (x Dollar)
Mintageunknown
Mintage Limit10,000
CurrentYes
MaterialAluminium-Bronze
DesignerJennifer McKenna
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size30.600 mm
Thickness3.100 mm
Mass13.500 g
OCC IDAPVZ-OYRC-GLVK-ELMD
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