While the hawksbill-themed bullion coin from the New Zealand Mint is in its sixth year of production in 2015, it marks just the second year the coin has been issued as a product of Niue. Right now, Silver.com has the 2015 1 oz Silver New Zealand Niue Hawksbill coin available in perfect condition.
- Ships to you in a plastic slab to protect the coin’s perfect condition.
- Consists of one troy ounce of .999 fine silver.
- 6th overall striking of the Hawksbill, and just the 2nd issued to Niue.
- Issued a face value of $2 and is legal tender in Niue.
- Graded a perfect Mint State 70 by the NGC.
- Features the hawksbill turtle on the reverse.
Niue Hawksbill coins commemorate the revival of the hawksbill turtle species. Located in the tropical waters of the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Ocean, in this region of the world the creatures are famous for their annual trek from the shores of Fiji to the north coast of New Zealand’s northern island.
The hawksbill turtle is so named for its sharp, pointed beak. The creatures were once considered a delicacy by tribal populations throughout the South Pacific, pushing the species to the brink of extinction. Today the creatures enjoy robust protections under endangered species legislation.
Each of the 2015 Silver New Zealand Niue Hawksbills in this listing are in perfect condition. According to the NGC, and MS70 specimen has its full, original mint luster and features no detracting flaws of any kind on its surface.
The reverse face of the coin is dominated by the image of a hawksbill swimming through the waters of the South Pacific. The creatures are instantly recognizable courtesy of their brightly colored, overlapping plates on their shell.
On the obverse is the image of Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty’s right-profile portrait was created in 1998 by Ian Rank-Broadley, and it is the fourth-generation image of England’s longest reigning monarch to appear on commonwealth nation coins.
New Zealand Mint is a privately-owned facility in Auckland, and is not affiliated with the national government. New Zealand dollars and coinage are produced by the Royal Canadian Mint or Royal Mint of London.
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