In 2015, the Mint of Poland issued both a one-ounce and an impressive 10-kilogram silver coin to honor the 10th anniversary of the death of the Polish-born Pope John Paul II. Both coins were struck in .9999 silver and issued in the name of the Island of Niue. This, the 10-kilogram version, has a mintage of 10 pieces and a face value of $1500 NZ.
As statutorily required, the bust of Queen Elizabeth II appears on the obverse of the coin. On this piece, the queen’s effigy (Ian Rank-Broadley’s version) is reduced in size and offset to the lower left. Nine doves take flight to the queen’s right. One dove, at the 5 o’clock position, stands upright. At the bottom of the design, slightly canted to the left is a oval-shaped rectangle, within which is stamped the coin’s unique serial number (1 through 10). To the right of the standing dove is the Mint of Poland’s WM mintmark. Adjacent to the rim is an outer ring that includes the following inscriptions: NIUE ISLAND 2015, ELIZABETH II, 1500 DOLLARS, and AG 9999.
A cheerful and energetic-looking Pope John Paul II, facing left. A radiant aureole beams in the distance, forming a halo around his head. In the field, to the left, is an inscription in italicized script that reads: NALITE TIMERE (Ends Not). Adjacent to the rim is an outer ring that includes the following inscriptions: PRO MEMORIA SANCTUS IOANNES PAULUS II, 02.04.2005 – 02.04.2015.
|Year Of Issue:||2015|
|Mint Mark:||MW (Mint of Poland)|
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