The Government & Treasury of Niue Island have launched a new concept in coinage never previously seen. The new coin, a creation in the shape of an open cube with images and artwork on each side, make this item unique among coins based on its design, shape, and production.
The coin is designed by artisan Urszula Walerzak and minted by the Mint of Poland at their facilities in Warsaw. Taking advantage of a specially designed minting process – the production of a flat cross-shaped coin is completed and the next procedure of “shaping” the actual piece after minting and oxidizing takes place. The coin is bent with precision into the final example seen, the forming of an open-sided cube. The coin is issued in commemoration of the imminent canonization of the late Pope John Paul II, occurring on the 27th April of this year.
On the upper side face of the reverse of the coin is an image of John Paul II surrounded by a frame with an inscription in Latin: OMNIA NUDA ET APERTA SUNT ANTE OCULOS EIUS (Everything is disclosed and revealed before his eyes, Matthew 23:1-39). On the side faces of the coin are figures of the Four Evangelists, they are St. Lucas, St. Mark, St. John and St. Matthew emblazoned with decorative ornaments.
In the central part on the obverse of the coin is a profile effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II surrounded by a decorative frame. Around the portrait are the inscriptions: ELIZABETH II, NIUE ISLAND 2014 and the face value: 25 DOLLARS. In the lower corners of the coin is the hallmark of “Ag 999” and the mint mark of m/w.
|25 Dollars||.999 silver||6.5 oz.||45 x 45 x 45 mm||Oxidised finish||555 pieces|
The coin is housed in a double-sided presentation box which includes a Perspex stand providing a perfect display for this most unusual coin. It is anticipated that this item will receive a similar amount of attention in terms of sales as the Fortuna Redux coin issued which was in 2013.
For more information on this and other coins offered by the Government of Niue, please visit http://www.mennica.com.pl/en/products-and-services/mint-products/coins-of-other-issuers/product/zobacz/saint-john-paul-ii-25-dollars.html and e-mail the sales department directly at: who will advise about the nearest distributor or assist with direct retail sales.