Proof , insert – Swarovski crystals
Description of obverse and reverse
Obverse: At the bottom – open Spring Flowers Egg (1899-1903) with a miniature basket of wood anemones inside. Above – Niue Island’s Coat of Arms with the inscription “Elizabeth II” below. Around the head – decorative neorococo scroll ornament. At the top – issuer’s name “Niue Island”. On the right – a nominal value of the coin “2 dollars” on the let – year of issue “2010”.
Reverse: In the center – the image of “Lily of the Valley Egg” with pieces of chalk white crystals. On the let side of egg –inscription “Imperial”. On the right side of egg – inscription-Fabergé Eggs”.
A brief annotation
Imperial Fabergé Eggs, known also as Tsar’s Fabergé Eggs, are considered masterpieces of the jeweller’s art and a symbol of extravagance and luxury. Created by Peter Carl Fabergé and his assistants for tsars Alexander III and Nicholas II of Russia, the eggs were made of gold and silver and decorated with enamels and precious stones. In the original Lily of Valley Egg, art-nouveau style egg, is enameled translucent rose on a guilloche ield and supported on four dull green-gold cabrioletlegs, composed of overlapping leaves veined in rose-cut diamonds. This egg was the companion piece to the “Coronation Egg” in the 1979 sale by Wartski of London for$2,160,000 to Forbes Magazine Collection, New York. In 2004both eggs were sold privately for an undisclosed sum to Viktor Vekselberg, Moscow, and have returned to their country of origin.