After the confusion surrounding correct images of the replacement for the Fiji Taku bullion coin, the Niue Hawksbill Turtle, it appears that one of the images was in fact of a commemorative version of it. Now the New Zealand Mint has released the coin officially and it is a little different in design from the bullion version and the Taku that preceded it.
There’s nothing out of the ordinary with the specification, being a standard one-ounce silver coin, but the packaging seems to have moved away from the water-filled circular boxes used for previous proof coins like the gilded Taku and the superb Pacific Swordfish, and onto a gatefold book-style case. It’s a little hard to tell from the mockup image what kind of quality it is, but here’s hoping it maintains the standad the New Zealand Mint is known for.
As you can see, the coin does away with the crescent-edged wave pattern that surrounds the turtle image on the bullion coin, and replaces it with a polished finish. A nice touch is the addition of the Niue national flower, the Fiti Pua, to the left of the TURTLE inscription.
COIN STORY: This beautiful engraved 1 oz Silver Collectible Coin features the critically endangered Hawksbill Turtle, which is found in the South Pacific Ocean. Often depicted in popular culture as easy-going, patient, and wise creatures due to their slow movement, turtles are an emblem of endurance and stability around the world.
REVERSE: This proof quality face, features an engraved Hawksbill Turtle swimming through the waters of the Pacific Ocean.
OBVERSE: This features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Country of Issue – Niue.
PACKAGING:The Hawksbill Turtle 1 oz Silver Coin is packaged in an attractive book-shaped coin case which sits inside a protective sleeve, making it an appealing gift. The coin story and specifications have been incorporated into the packaging design.
The coin is up for sale on the New Zealand Mint website now, priced at $105 NZD (approx US$90, €67, £54).
|ONE-OUNCE SILVER SPECIFICATION|
|DENOMINATION||$2 DOLLAR (NIUE)|
|OBVERSE ARTIST||IAN RANK BROADLEY|
|PACKAGING||BOOK-STYLE COIN CASE|