The 2014 issue year for the New Zealand Mint featured a big change to its hawksbill turtle-themed coin program. The bullion coin program, previously issued for Fiji, began a new run in its history as a bullion product for the autonomous region of Niue. Right now, the 2014 1 oz Silver New Zealand Niue Hawksbill is available on Silver.com in near-perfect condition.
- Arrives in a protective plastic slab courtesy of the NGC.
- 5th annual striking of the Hawksbill, and first-ever for Niue!
- onsists of one troy ounce of .999 fine silver.
- Face value of $2 is considered legal tender in Niue.
- Graded Mint State 69 by the NGC.
- Features the beloved Hawksbill Turtle design.
Introduced in 2010 as the Silver Fiji Taku, this bullion coin from the New Zealand Mint quickly gained traction in the global precious metals market. Investors appreciated the purity, while collectors loved the design. The program ceased production as a Fiji-issued coin after 2013, and relaunched in 2014 as the Niue Hawksbill coin.
The design of the coin remained largely unchanged. The reverse face continued to feature the hawksbill turtle, a native species found throughout the South Pacific. The obverse reverted back to the use of a Queen Elizabeth II’s effigy.
Each 2014 1 oz Silver New Zealand Niue Hawksbill in this listing is in near-perfect condition according to the NGC. Mint State 69 coins are identifiable by the presence of their full, original mint luster, and a maximum of two minor detracting flaws.
On the reverse face is the image of the hawksbill turtle. While the contrasting use of strong, matte finish in the design field and a small sliver of the reverse in deeply-mirrored, the phrase “Fiji Taku” is replaced on the Niue Hawksbill with “Turtle.”
The obverse features the right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, as created in 1998 by Ian Rank-Broadley. Her Majesty’s effigy is a staple of coin production in commonwealth nations, and Niue is an autonomous region of New Zealand.
The New Zealand Mint is a privately-owned company located in the national capital of Auckland. Despite its name, the mint is not a sovereign facility for the nation, which relies on Canada and Britain to produce its official currency.
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