With the discovery of gold in California in 1848, a region of North America that was at the time still a sleepy backwater was about to be inundated with more than 300,000 people seeking fame and fortune. The California Gold Rush changed the fortunes of the region and the United States for the better, and the worse in some cases. Today, the 2016 1 oz Silver Antique Niue Gold Rushes of the World California coin is available on Silver.com.
- Mintage set at just 5,000 coins in total!
- Includes encapsulated 24-karat gold flake in the center!
- Ships in a plastic capsule contained within a black New Zealand Mint display box.
- Consists of One Troy ounce of .999 fine silver.
- Face value of $5 (NZD) is fully backed by the government of Niue.
- Antique finish.
- Obverse features the image of Queen Elizabeth II.
- Hopeful prospector image graces the reverse.
Word of the discovery of gold in California first reached people living throughout California, Oregon, the Hawaiian Islands (then called the Sandwich Islands), and Latin America. Over the course of time, more than 300,000 people would flood into California hoping to make a life-changing discovery of gold.
While small towns of the time such as San Francisco expanded from a settlement of 200 residents in 1846 to a city of 36,000 by 1852, it was not all good news. Native Americans living in California were pushed off their lands, often forcibly, in the feverish quest for gold. It is estimated that 100,000 California Native Americans died between discovery and 1868.
These 2016 1 oz Silver Antique Niue Gold Rushes of the World California coins feature a special 24-karat gold flake encapsulated in the center as part of the stunning design. The antique finish on each coin adds warmth to the overall design features.
On the reverse of the coin you’ll find a hopeful prospector on bended knee at the edge of a creek, panning for gold. The included 24-karat gold flake appears in his pan as part of the overall design of the coin.
The obverse of the 2016 1 oz Silver Antique Niue Gold Rushes of the World California Coin features the smaller right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Additionally, there are engravings of “Niue,” “2016,” “5 Dollars,” and “1 oz .999 Silver.”
New Zealand Mint is the refiner responsible for the production of these stunning silver coins. Located in Auckland, it is the only minting facility in New Zealand and is a private entity not associated with the national government.
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