Mint of Poland
50 dollars (Niue Island)
32,00 mm (diameter); 22,10 mm (height)
Proof, gilding, relief elements with a frosted surface, cylinder-shaped design
Description of obverse and reverse
Obverse: in the central part of the coin – an image of Mercury. Next to it – an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the face value: «50 DOLLARS». In the background – a map of the world emblazoned with elements symbolizing travelling. Along the rim – inscriptions: «2013» (the year of the issue), «NIUE ISLAND» (the issuer), «Ag 999» (the hallmark).
Reverse: depicts an image of gold coin with an effigy of Mercury. In the background – a frosted image of a map of galaxy made in laser technology. The third side of the coin: A stylized image of characteristic for Mercury legs with wings. In the background – a map of the world emblazoned with elements symbolizing travelling.
A brief annotation
The one-of-its-kind coin in the shape of a cylinder depicting an effigy of Mercury, a Roman god of profit, merchants and travellers. Since the times of Ancient Rome Mercury has been believed to bring luck in business and protect those on the way. Mercury’s name comes from the Latin word «merx» meaning «goods». Usually he is depicted while holding a herald’s staff accompanied by an inscription: «FORTUNA REDUX» – hence the origin of the name of this coin.