|Coin||Silver Ounce 2022 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 silver ounce format (abbreviated as 1 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.
Nicknamed "the Duke", John Wayne was a staple of the Western film genre and starred in, directed and produced more than 170 movies in a career spanning 50 years. Four decades after his death, he remains one of the most beloved actors of all time and an American symbol of patriotism and courage.
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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 oz 9999 Ag 2022 TUVALU 1 DOLLAR.
The inscription around the rim also incorporates the precious metal content. "1 oz 9999 Ag" means "one ounce of 99.99% silver" ("Ag" is abbreviated from Argentum, the Latin word for silver).
The coin depicts John Wayne mounted on a horse wearing his trademark cowboy hat and bandana. The imagery overlays a representation of saguaros, tree-like cactus plants most notably found in Arizona, California, and Mexico.
Above left, the official · JW · John Wayne logo.
The Perth Mint’s P mint mark is above right. In small letters below right, the designer's initials SR, for Sean Rogers.
Around the rim, the inscription TOMORROW HOPES WE HAVE LEARNED SOMETHING FROM YESTERDAY based on a quote from one of his films.
||TOMORROW HOPES WE HAVE LEARNED SOMETHING FROM YESTERDAY
Silver content (Troy oz): 1.000
Finish: proof, coloured.
Packaging: accompanied by a numbered certificate of authenticity, the coin is presented in a special John Wayne branded case and themed shipper.
Perth Mint SKU: 22O08AAA
Date of issue: January 2022
Issue price: AU$ 99.00
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, 2022
- 1 oz Silver, John Wayne, 2020
- 1 oz Silver, John Wayne, 2021