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There are countless examples of popular silver coin programs available today from mints around the globe. Among the most popular with collectors are silver proof coins. While it comes as no surprise that nations like the United States, Canada, Australia, and several countries across Europe have robust sovereign minting operations or support sovereign bullion coining with the help of private facilities, some of the smallest nations on the planet also have a surprisingly robust bullion coin collection.
One of the nations with the largest profile of gold and silver coins is the nation of Niue. This small South Pacific nation has an outsized profile on the global precious metals stage, with countless coin programs struck and released in its name. Among the collection of Silver Niue Coins you’ll find some stunning offerings, all of which are available in a variety of sizes that make them attractive to and affordable for any investor. Below you’ll find a vast array of Silver Niue Coins from the Silver.com catalog.
The island of Niue is located in the South Pacific Ocean, roughly 1,500 miles northeast of the nation of New Zealand, east of Tonga, south of Samoa, and west of the Cook Islands. The island itself is just 100 square miles in size and has a predominantly Polynesian population of around 1,190 people.
Niue occupies a unique niche in the world order. The nation is a self-governing state that exists in free association with New Zealand. The vast majority of diplomatic relations for Niue are handled by the nation of New Zealand on behalf of the people of Niue, and the populace are citizens of New Zealand with Queen Elizabeth II serving as head of state in the capacity of Queen of New Zealand.
Most of Niue’s people, 90-95%, actually now live in New Zealand, along with 70% of those who actually speak the Niuean language. The official languages of the nation are English and Niuean, and the nation’s economy uses the New Zealand dollar as its official currency.
Frozen was unquestionably one of the most triumphant Disney films of the 21st century, capturing the hearts of little girls around the globe with the enthralling tale of two sisters who are close as kids, grow apart with age, but never lose their unbreakable bond of sisterhood. Frozen – Magic of the Northern Lights is a five-coin series from the New Zealand Mint struck for Niue that includes colorized finishes on the reverse face and a common obverse design.
On the obverse of all coins in the series you’ll find the right-profile portrait of England’s Queen Elizabeth II. Created in 1998 by Ian Rank-Broadley, it represents the fourth-generation image of Her Majesty to appear on commonwealth and British coinage. Other shared features of the series include:
All of the major characters from the feature film are available in this collectible proof series, and are featured in order of release below:
There is an exciting new series of coins in 2016 for the nation of Niue known as Kings of the Continents. With a new design on each release, this series takes you around the globe to look at the many animals that dominate the landscape of the world’s landmasses. The Kings of the Continents Series from the New Zealand Mint includes colorized images on the reverse side of each coin, bringing the featured animal to life with brilliant hues. Each coin here is in Brilliant Uncirculated condition. BU coins feature no signs of wear and tear, though you may notice breaks in the luster, spotted surfaces, or contact marks.
Features of the Kings of the Continent Series that are shared by all coins in the program include:
The series included a total of three different designs, which are described in detail below:
The New Zealand Mint was a bit late to the game in launching lunar-themed collection, but it succeeded with the 2015 introduction of its own Lunar Coin series in both silver and gold bullion. Currently these coins are available in the 2015 Year of the Goat design and a 2016 Year of the Monkey.
Silver Niue Coins in the Lunar Series collection all feature the same obverse design, which includes the right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, a well-known design from Ian Rank-Broadley. Her Majesty’s profile is beautifully detailed from her curled hair to the contours of her face. Around the outer rim, the reverse features the inscriptions: “ELIZABETH II, NIUE, and TWO DOLLARS,” as well as the year of issue for each release.
To date, there are two coins available from Silver.com in this Silver Niue Coin collection, and they include the following:
The silver version of the Silver Niue Coins in the Lunar Series collection feature .999 metal fineness. The silver coin’s face value is set at $2 (Niue).
Silver Niue Coins are available in a variety of Disney-themed design ranges. For example, the New Zealand Mint has a portfolio of options ranging from the Disney Princesses collection to the Disney Classics collection. The latter of these two collections features an exciting coin set that any serious Mickey Mouse fan has to own. The Disney Classics collection contains a sub-category of coins known as Mickey Through the Ages, which follows the evolution of Mickey Mouse throughout the course of nearly 90 years of feature films and animated shorts.
Additionally, there are other coin strikings that celebrate individual films and characters. Examples of the other Disney-themed Silver Niue Coins include the following:
One of the most exciting collections available right now among Silver Niue Coins are those from the Star Wars collection. Currently, the New Zealand Mint offers two different series under the Star Wars umbrella. Fans young and old crammed theaters at the end of 2015 to see the release of the first film in the highly-anticipated new Star Wars trilogy. Set in the future beyond the timeline of the original three Star Wars films from the 1970s and 1980s, the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens dominated global box office news and ticket sales for weeks.
The New Zealand Mint is currently in the midst of producing two separate coin series to take advantage of the popularity of the film franchise at the moment. Among these is the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Series. The program features colorized images of popular new characters in the franchise that appeared in The Force Awakens. Designs available in this collection include:
Additionally, the New Zealand Mint is producing a Star Wars Classic collection that features images of the characters from the original trilogy of Star Wars films. The Classic collection debuted with a Darth Vader release, and has subsequently seen the release of a Han Solo coin, Yoda coin, and R2-D2 coin.
Throughout the course of human history there have been numerous classes of warriors that have defended their nations, brought enslavement upon others, and glorified the honor and sacrifice of military service. The Warriors of History colorized proof collection from the New Zealand Mint honors these battle-hardened warriors for their contributions, good and bad, to the course of human history.
Each coin in the series shares the following commonalities:
Of course, the obverse of all Warriors of History coins from the New Zealand Mint feature the right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. The ruling monarch of Britain since 1952, Queen Elizabeth II is now the longest reigning monarch of the nation, surpassing the reign of her own grandmother Queen Victoria.
As for the specific designs, four coins are now available in total from this stunning collection of low-mintage coins. Details on those releases include the following, with coins featured in order of release from first to most recent:
From time to time, as any mint would, Silver Niue Coins are produced that are one-time offerings or part of an obscure collection that doesn’t gain wide notoriety. Currently, Silver.com stocks three such examples of coins that don’t fall into a broader series of coins representing the nation of Niue. These include:
While the latter series mentioned above is a product of the New Zealand Mint, the Gold Rushes of the World and Wise Men collection are not from the NZ Mint. Both of those are a product of Coin Jewels, which is located in Torrance, California, and specializes in producing a variety of silver and gold products that range from numismatic coins to medals and casino tokens/chips.
This is the longest running coin program representing the nation of Niue, although it did not originate as a coin series for this particular South Pacific Ocean nation. The short history of the Niue Hawksbill Turtle coin is an interesting one, and quite uncommon in the precious metals industry. The coins were first introduced in 2010 as the Silver Fiji Taku. The coins were struck from 2010 until 2013 as a bullion product issued for the independent island nation of Fiji. The face value was considered legal tender in Fiji, and featured the image of the hawksbill turtle on the reverse.
On the reverse side of each of these coins coin there is a brilliant contrast between the matte, pearl finish of the ocean waters, and the mirror-like finish of the hawksbill’s shell. A small sliver of the coin along the left is also deeply mirrored and features the words “Fiji Taku.”
The obverse side of the 2010, 2011, and 2012 Silver Fiji Taku coins featured the right-profile image of Queen Elizabeth II of England. The nation’s longest-reigning monarch is commonly portrayed on coins throughout the commonwealth, and was a natural selection for the obverse design of the original coins. However, in 2013 the New Zealand Mint opted for a new design on the obverse.
This new design featured the official coat of arms for Fiji, which depicted the cultural roots of the island’s Polynesian people. Engravings on this side were scant, including the year of issue and the nation of issue in addition to the crest.
Beginning in 2014, there was a shift in the production of the Silver Fiji Taku coin. Due to political differences in the region, the Silver Fiji Taku was no longer designed and issued for that nation. It was rebranded as the New Zealand Hawksbill coin and issued for the self-governing island of Niue. The small island, although self-governing, has very close ties with New Zealand.
What makes this move intriguing is the fact that the design was largely unchanged for the reverse image. The hawksbill turtle was used in the exact same design theme, with a slight change to the inscriptions on this face. “Fiji Taku” was no longer engraved in the sliver of deeply-mirrored space on the coin. Instead, the word “Turtle” was engraved there.
On the obverse, the right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II returned to the coin. This time, it was the 1998 depiction created by Ian Rank-Broadley. This particular image is immensely popular, and is used on coins from the Royal Mint in London as well as the Perth Mint in Australia. The nation of issue, face value, Her Majesty’s name, and the year of issue are all included on this face.
On certain occasions the New Zealand Mint will now produce the New Zealand Hawksbill coin in heavier weights beyond the standard 1 oz coin. Although the 5 oz weight is the most common larger size, the mint has also created and released 2 oz and 10 oz options, though mintage was restricted.
The New Zealand Mint is a private company with its headquarters in the capital of Auckland. The mint excels in producing legal tender collectible coins, gold bullion products, and medallions. It was founded over 40 years ago, and today it is the only precious metal mint located in New Zealand. Central to its global status, the New Zealand Mint can boast that it was one of the world’s first mints to adopt .9999 purity as a standard in its gold bullion products.
The mint sources all of its precious metals from international locations, producing coins and medallions using a minimum fineness of .999 for silver and .9999 for gold. The quality and impressive nature of the designs on New Zealand Mint coins puts it among the elite in the world of precious metals, with several coin programs that are coveted by the global community.
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