Silver Two Ounces 2021 Tears of the Moon, Coin from Tuvalu - detailed information

Silver Two Ounces 2021 Tears of the Moon, Coin from Tuvalu
CoinSilver Two Ounces 2021 Tears of the Moon

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.

The Mint says about this coin:
Drawing inspiration from Inca mythology and religion, this stunning silver release continues a line of extremely popular Perth Mint collectables featuring fascinating inserts.

Goddess of the Moon, Mama Quilla was an important deity for the people of the Inca Empire who portrayed her as a silver disk with a female face on it. Associated with the moon through numerous mythological stories, Mama Quilla was believed to shed tears of silver that fell to Earth and could be mined as precious metal.

The coin centre is filled by a Perspex dome containing silver particles suspended in purified white mineral oil - a metaphor for the tears of Mama Quilla, who is portrayed on the piece’s outer ring. The design includes representations of a panther and a serpent, hostile animals according to Inca mythology that tried to devour Mama Quilla during the lunar eclipse.

In keeping with the coin’s ancient theme, it has been antiqued, a treatment that tones the natural lustre of silver before it is individually hand finished to mimic the unique characteristics often seen on an ancient artefact. As a result of this treatment the appearance of each coin may vary.

MintPerth Mint Mint MarkLetter P Total Mintage2,500
Obverse
Tuvalu / Silver Two Ounces 2021 Tears of the Moon - obverse photo

At the centre of the obverse is the back of the circular insert; it is surrounded by traditional decorative Inca motifs.

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, the date of issue and the precious metal content: QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2oz 9999 Ag 2021 2 DOLLARS TUVALU. "2oz 9999 Ag" means "two troy ounces of silver"; Ag is abbreviated from Argentum, the Latin word for silver.

Obverse Inscription QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2oz 9999 Ag 2021 2 DOLLARS TUVALU
Reverse
Tuvalu / Silver Two Ounces 2021 Tears of the Moon - reverse photo

The centre of the reverse is taken by the spherical insert - a Perspex dome containing silver particles suspended in purified white mineral oil - a metaphor for the tears of Mama Quilla, Inca godess of the Moon.

The face of the goddess is portrayed on the outer ring above. Around the ring, representations of a panther and a serpent, hostile animals according to Inca mythology that tried to devour Mama Quilla during the lunar eclipse.

The Perth Mint's P mark is to the left of the dome. The designer's initials NM (for Natasha Muhl) are below right. There is no inscription.

Reverse Inscription (none)
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Silver content (Troy oz): 2.000
Finish: antique, with domed insert.
Packaging: in a varnished plastic case moulded in the shape of Mama Quilla’s face. Her lower lip opens like a drawer to display the coin enclosed inside. The case comes in a shipper featuring Inca-style patterns formed from dark blue brush-like flocking.
Perth Mint Item ID: 21I03AAA
Issue price: AU$ 259.00, US$ 180.19

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Silver Two Ounces 2021 Tears of the Moon: Details
CountryTuvalu
CurrencyTuvaluan Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Two Ounces (2 oz)
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value2 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage2,500
Mintage Limit2,500
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Silver
DesignerNatasha Muhl
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
Shape3D
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size45.600 mm
Thickness6.500 mm
Mass62.213 g
OCC IDRNAZ-OGWC-NBYB-OXJL
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