A staple format for the Mint of Poland, they have launched several nature-themed coloured silver coin series over the last few years and there are more appearing this year. Most well known of them all has been the excellent SOS Endangered Animal Species range of ten coins from 2014, and when that finished the mint moved on to a series that includes this new coin. Called the Fascinating World of Birds, the subject matter is pretty self-explanatory. This is the fourth coin in this undefined series, following the Kingfisher, the Hoopoe, and the Bee-Eater, and features the colourful Golden Oriole.

A summer migrant in Europe and western Asia, the Golden Oriole spends the winter season in central and southern Africa. This shy bird generally migrates during the night via the Eastern Mediterranean where they feed on fruit and insects. The male is a striking black and yellow, but the female has a drabber green plumage. Inhabiting open broadleaf forest, riverine forest, orchards, and large gardens, as well as mixed or coniferous forests during the summer, in their wintering habitat they are found in semi-arid to humid woodland, forests, and savanna. They build neat nests in tree forks and lay 3–6 eggs. Their call is a screech like a jay, but the song is a beautiful fluting weela-wee-ooo or or-iii-ole.

A very nice design, the coins are full of detail, with a well struck background and a pair of coloured Orioles in the foreground. The Mint of Poland use a high quality digital printing process much better than most others that can often look like newsprint up close. The inset Swarovski Elements crystal from the SOS series is missing here; a positive in our view. Inscriptions are restricted to near the coin rim and limited to the coin series, and the birds name in Polish and Latin. The obverse is a standard design for the mints Niue issues, featuring the Ian Rank Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II with the usual name, date, issuer and denomination inscribed around it. Packaging is colourful and of a good design, and the coin should be available to pre-order any time now. It’s shaping up to be a nice series in our view, especially with mintage limited to just 999 units.



This beautiful series was created to take us to the captivating world of birds, enchanting people with riot of colors and astonishing variety of species. The fourth coin of this vivid collection is dedicated to the Golden Oriole, a flamboyantly-feathered living thing standing out with its amazing beauty.

Exotic origin of the Golden Oriole is confirmed by its fancy plumage. The male enraptures with its extravagant, brightly yellow feathers. He definitely stands out with elegant looks: his black upperwing coverts along with the black tail match the contrasting yellow color of the rest of his body. Therefore, it is of no surprise that the fabulously-colored bird looks impressive on our silver coin! Thanks to high-end digital printing, the images of the Golden Orioles look extremely lifelike – juicy colors and stark contrast let us see even the tiniest details of their plumage. Specially designed presentation case forms with the coin a coherent, harmonious whole.

REVERSE: In the central part of the coin – multi-colored images of the Golden Oriole (on a branch and in mid-flight). Left-hand, along the rim – name of the series in English:  THE FASCINATING WORLD OF BIRDS. Right-hand, along the rim – name of the coin in Polish and Latin: Wilga zwyczajna/Oriolus oriolus (separated by a decorative pearl). In the background – stylized decorative surface: leaves and twigs.

OBVERSE: In the central part of the coin – effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Below it– hallmark: Ag 999.  Right-hand – mint mark: m/w. Along the rim – inscriptions: ELIZABETH II, NIUE ISLAND (issuer), 1 DOLLAR (face value), 2016 (year of issue).





$1 NEW ZEALAND 0.999 SILVER 17.5 g 38.61 mm PROOF  999 YES / YES