One Dollar 2018 Chinese New Year, Coin from Tuvalu - detailed information

One Dollar 2018 Chinese New Year, Coin from Tuvalu
CoinOne Dollar 2018 Chinese New Year

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 in celebration of the Chinese New Year 2018 (16 February 2018).

The Mint says about it:
The Perth Mint and Australia Post are pleased to celebrate Chinese New Year with a stunning Postal Numismatic Cover. Resplendent in ancient Chinese symbols of good fortune, this coin features a dragon in the shape of a Chinese knot. The dragon represents wealth and power, while Chinese knots have been used for centuries as good luck charms. In the background is a traditional temple, Chinese lanterns and the Chinese characters for "Happy New Year".

This uncirculated aluminium bronze coin is issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Tuvalu and features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the monetary denomination, and the 2018 year-date on the coin’s obverse.

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Obverse
Tuvalu / One Dollar 2018 Chinese New Year - 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 2018.

Obverse Inscription QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1 DOLLAR TUVALU 2018
Reverse
Tuvalu / One Dollar 2018 Chinese New Year - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin depicts a red dragon in the shape of a Chinese knot, above the entrance to a Chinese temple and a path leading to it lined with lanterns. Around above, the inscription 新年快乐 (Happy New Year).

The Perth Mint's P mint mark is on the right. The designer's initials NM (for Natasha Muhl) are vertically in small letters below that, on the right-most lantern.

Reverse Inscription 新年快乐
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Notes

Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated.
Issued in a PNC, in a card with a circular window revealing the coin’s reverse and obverse designs. Affixed to the envelope are official Australia Post $3 and $1 Year of Dog stamps. The stamps are postmarked for the first day of issue and the envelope includes Australia Post’s Seal of Authenticity.
Perth Mint Item ID: 18D17AAA
Issue price: AU$ 19.95, US$ 14.29

See also

There is also a silver one-ounce coin with the same design.

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One Dollar 2018 Chinese New Year: Details
CountryTuvalu
CurrencyTuvaluan Dollar
Coin TypeOne Dollar, NCLT
Issued2018
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value1 (x Dollar)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
MaterialAluminium-Bronze
DesignerNatasha Muhl
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size30.600 mm
Thickness3.000 mm
Mass13.000 g
OCC IDLGVB-ELDC-YLYP-EMPX
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