Coin "Elephant"


Name Elephant
Presented by Mint of Poland
Nominal value 1 dollar (Niue Island)
Metal Silver 925°
Thickness 3,1
Mintage 10 000
Production quality Proof, shiny flower with filigree insert - the innovative technology adopted for the very first time – a transparent capsule placed upon a blank, containing a moving piece of silver
Description of obverse and reverse Obverse: In the bottom part of the coin, to the right, an insert made up of a transparent capsule containing a small elephant, below it the images of elephants. At the top the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and semicircular inscriptions: “ELIZABETH II, NIUE ISLAND” (issuer) the mint’s mark (m/w), “1 DOLLAR 2011” (face value, year of issue). Reverse: In the central part of the coin the images of two elephants with their trunks raised up, standing under the lucky tree. At the background, the images of sprays of leaves. At the top - an insert made up of a transparent capsule containing a small elephant. At the bottom, on the left, along the rim an inscription: “GOOD LUCK”.
A brief annotation Amulets in the shape of elephants bringing good luck are exotic items in the Western cultures. They date back to the British colonization of India, when it became prominent in folk beliefs in the latter half of the 19th century and flourished to reach the height of its popularity in the 1930s. The sources that led to the development of elephant amulets may include both the recognition for the animal, frequently associated with strength, wisdom, longevity, as well as the Hindu religion, where the deity bearing an elephant head, known as Ganesha, was recognized as a god bringing good luck. In addition, according to a legend, the birth of Buddha was connected with a white elephant holding a lotus flower in its trunk, which was dreamt by Buddha’s mother ten months before conception.
Designer Dobrochna Tamara Surajewska
Producer Mint of Poland

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