The 2014 Silver New Zealand Niue Hawksbill Turtle Coin was the first piece to be released from the New Zealand Mint’s Silver Fiji Taku collection subsequent to the series’ revision and rechristening as the Silver Niu Hawksbill Turtle collection. It has been minted in 1 troy ounce of silver and possesses a purity of .999. Each coin carries a legal tender face value of $1 NZD. All coins are ready to ship in Brilliant Uncirculated condition and will be packaged in either a plastic coin sleeve for single orders; sealed tubes for orders of 20 and Monster Boxes for orders of 500 and upward.
The obverse of the coin celebrates one of the South Pacific’s most majestic sea creature, the Hawksbill Turtle. This mischievous marine reptile is depicted navigating its way through the foamy waters of its Pacific Ocean home. Both its scales and shell have been represented in a circular pattern that is repeated in the bubble surrounding it. Another element of the design that’s worth noting are the dual finishes of the coin’s surface. On the right side of the coin’s obverse, directly beneath the turtle is a grainy texture, which has been applied to the coin to mimic the sand of the ocean’s floor. To the left is a slender crescent with a smooth mirror-like surface that represents the clear waters of the Pacific. Inscribed into this crescent is the word “Turtle.” Appearing in fine print along the bottom left edge of the coin is its weight and purity.
Displayed on reverse side is the dignified portrait of Elizabeth II in honor of Niue Island’s status as a British Commonwealth. The effigy depicts the kind ruler in profile to the right, regally attired in her trademark “State Diadem.” On her face is an expression of poise and assurance. She serves a symbol of this island’s continued allegiance to the monarchy. Encircling HRM is a series of text that includes the queen’s title, the new country of origin for the coin (“Nuie”) as well as the coin’s mintage year and denomination.
With its beautiful artwork and dual finishes, the 2015 1 oz New Zealand Niue Hawksbill Turtle Coin is appropriate as both an investment and a collectible. If you wish to learn more about these coins before placing your order or have any questions, please call us at 888-989-7223. Customers may also use the website’s live chat and online submission forms. To view similar coins from New Zealand and other popular mints from around the globe, make sure you visit our Foreign SIlver Coins section.