COIN EDGE AND OBVERSE
As we noted earlier, the coin has its serial number inscribed on the unreeded edge. This is obviously unique to each coin and matches the enclosed Certificate of Authenticity. A nice piece of added security that makes counterfeiting these far less attractive, a valid concern given the proliferation of copies of some of CIT’s early Mongolian Wildlife Protection coins. CIT added security to their coins to make life far more difficult for pirates.
The obverse uses an older effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, the superb Raphael Maklouf version that was supplanted by the very popular Ian Rank Broadley version, now of course itself replaced by Jody Clark’s new one. Inscriptions around the effigy detail her name (QUEEN ELIZABETH II), the coins composition (2oz 999 FINE SILVER), year of issue, and the issuer/denomination (NIUE TWO DOLLARS). It’s also antiqued to an equally high standard.