Silver Kilo 2016 Franz Joseph I and Elizabeth of Bavaria, Coin from Tuvalu - detailed information

Silver Kilo 2016 Franz Joseph I and Elizabeth of Bavaria, Coin from Tuvalu
CoinSilver Kilo 2016 Franz Joseph I and Elizabeth of Bavaria

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.

Some foreign mints also issue a large variety of non-circulating legal tender coins under the authority of Tuvalu, including in the very large one kilogram (1kg) of silver format. These are "Non-Circulating Legal Tender" (NCLT) and 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 one-kilo coin struck by the Czech Mint features Franz Joseph I of Austria and Empress Elisabeth of Austria.

The Mint says about it:
100 years ago, Emperor Franz Joseph I died at the Schönbrunn Palace. With the reign of the longest-reigning Hapsburg Emperor are associated many of the key events that influenced the current form of European nations including the Czechs and Slovaks and thus the Czech Mint dedicates to him a special issue minted from one kilogram of pure silver.

The Austrian monarch lived to the age of 86 years, of which for 68 he was the head of the empire, for which he lived and breathed. "Wake me up at half past three, I did not manage to finish all the work," were the last words of the man who once described himself as civil servant. An extremely effective management of his vast empire took him most of the time, and in his life he had therefore little joy. One of them was the wedding with the Princess Elizabeth of Bavaria, which everyone called Sissi. Although they spontaneously fell in love, their relationship cooled over time. The culprit was the pressure of the imperial court. The young Empress, unlike her husband, barely tolerated the tragic fate of their children and their totally different natures. Although Sissi was un-supportive during the life of Francis Joseph, he never stopped loving her. Her death at the hands of an Italian anarchist hit him hard and he never fully recovered from it.

MintCzech Mint Mint MarkMonogram ČM Total Mintage100
Obverse
Tuvalu / Silver Kilo 2016 Franz Joseph I and Elizabeth of Bavaria - 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 above, the monarch's legend, the face value and the date of issue: · QUEEN ELIZABETH II · 100 DOLLARS · TUVALU · 2016 ·.

On a second row around above left, the precious metal content: 1000g Ag 999 (one kilogram of 99.9% silver; Ag is abbreviated from Argentum, the Latin word for silver).

Around below, a laurel wreath.

Obverse Inscription · QUEEN ELIZABETH II · 100 DOLLARS · TUVALU · 2016 ·
Reverse
Tuvalu / Silver Kilo 2016 Franz Joseph I and Elizabeth of Bavaria - reverse photo

To reverse side of the coin depicts the young imperial couple - Franz Joseph I with his majestic beard, in the uniform of a Field Marshal festooned with a military orders, and Elisabeth of Bavaria, in a fancy dress with lace siding and her legendary hair ranging up to her knees. Although the couple are holding hands, there is a noticeable gap between them, through which is seen the baroque Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna.

In the left field, (next to the emperor's elbow), the mint mark of the Czech Mint - a crowned monogram of the letters ČM (Česká mincovna). In the right field, the monogram of the designer, Asamat Baltaev.

Around above, the inscription · FRANTIŠEK JOSEF I. · ALŽBĚTA BAVORSKÁ · (which is the Czech version of the names of Franz Joseph I and Elizabeth of Bavaria).

Around below, a laurel wreath.

Reverse Inscription · FRANTIŠEK JOSEF I. · ALŽBĚTA BAVORSKÁ ·
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated.
Packaging: in capsule and wooden presentation box with illustrated shipper, accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Czech Mint Product Code: 75314-710
Date of issue: November 2016

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Silver Kilo 2016 Franz Joseph I and Elizabeth of Bavaria: Details
CountryTuvalu
CurrencyTuvaluan Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Kilo (1 kg)
Issued2016
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value100 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage100
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerAsamat Baltaev
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size90.000 mm
Mass1,000.000 g
OCC IDRMKG-EZAC-XPJJ-ONXQ
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