Silver Two Ounces 2015 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Coin from Tuvalu - detailed information

Silver Two Ounces 2015 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Coin from Tuvalu
CoinSilver Two Ounces 2015 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

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 two-ounce format (abbreviated as 2 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 2oz silver antiqued coin marks the 150th Anniversary of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

The Mint says about it:
The Perth Mint is pleased to present the 150th Anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland coin, celebrating the first publication of the Lewis Carroll classic. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland follows the adventures of Alice, a young girl whose curiosity is sparked when she sees a talking White Rabbit wearing a waistcoat, and carrying a pocket watch, run past her as she is sitting with her sister on the riverbank. She follows him down a rabbit hole, into the imaginative and chaotic world of Wonderland, which is populated by anthropomorphic animals and creatures.

This innovative coin is struck by The Perth Mint from 2oz of 99.9% pure silver and features an antiqued finish, which captures the depth and detail of the design, giving the coin an aged affect. As each coin is hand finished the look will vary slightly for each coin.

The coin’s reverse features Alice, the Cheshire cat, and several playing cards around the edge, with the White Rabbit featured on the face of a clock in the middle of the coin. The clock design includes the inscription "Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be late!". A quote from the book, “Oh my ears and whiskers, how late it’s getting!” is also included on the back of the clock in a spiral form.

The quartz movement of this watch operates on one SR416SW silver oxide battery. The battery should be replaced every three years or whenever timekeeping becomes erratic.

MintPerth Mint Mint MarkLetter P Total Mintage2,500
Obverse
Tuvalu / Silver Two Ounces 2015 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - obverse photo

At the centre of the obverse is the gold-coloured back of a pocket watch, on which a quote from the book is inscribed: Oh my ears and whiskers, how late it’s getting!; it is surrounded by a rose motif.

Above, a small effigy of Queen Elizabeth II - her Fourth Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley.

Around the rim, the monarch's legend, the face value of the coin and the date of issue: QUEEN ELIZABETH II · 2 DOLLARS TUVALU 2015 ·.

Obverse Inscription QUEEN ELIZABETH II · 2 DOLLARS TUVALU 2015 ·
Reverse
Tuvalu / Silver Two Ounces 2015 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - reverse photo

The coin’s reverse has a real working pocket watch in the middle, on the face of which the White Rabbit is featured. The clock design includes the inscription Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be late!.

Depicted around the edge are Alice, the Cheshire cat, and several playing cards.

Around above right, the precious metal content: 2oz 999 SILVER (two troy ounces of 99.9% silver). Below centre, the P mint mark of the Perth Mint. Below left, the designer's initials AH (for Aleysha Howarth).

Reverse Inscription Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be late! 2oz 999 SILVER
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Silver content (Troy oz): 2.000
Clock Battery: SR416SW Silver Oxide
Finish: antique, coloured, working pocket watch insert.
Packaging: the coin is housed in a clear latex display case with a black border and a white pattern. It is presented in a colourful shipper featuring beautiful Alice in Wonderland illustrations, which opens to reveal the coin and a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Perth Mint Item ID: 15X84BAA
Issue price: AU$ 249.00, US$ 178.90

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Silver Two Ounces 2015 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: Details
CountryTuvalu
CurrencyTuvaluan Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Two Ounces (2 oz)
Issued2015
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value2 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage2,500
Mintage Limit2,500
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerAleysha Howarth
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size45.500 mm
Thickness6.000 mm
Mass62.270 g
OCC IDBYNK-EDDC-PMAZ-EPQM
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