2 Dollars - Elizabeth II Pansy Egg

Features

Issuer Niue
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2011
Value 2 Dollars
2 NZD = USD 1.29
Currency Dollar of New Zealand (1987-date)
Composition Silver (.925) (with a Swarovski crystal)
Weight 56.56 g
Shape Oval (41.6 x 55.6 mm)
Technique Milled
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Number N# 241352
Numista type number (https://numista.com)

Series: Imperial Fabergé Eggs

Obverse

Open „Spring Flowers Egg” (1899-1903) with a miniature basket and a bouquet of anemones with the Effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II above

Lettering:
NIUE ISLAND
mw
ELIZABETH II
2 DOLLARS 2011
Ag 925

Designer: Raphael David Maklouf

Raphael David Maklouf is a sculptor, best known for designing the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II used on the coins of many Commonwealth nations. Maklouf was born in Jerusalem emigrating with his family to the United Kingdom after the Second World War. He attended the Camberwell School of Art until 1958, afterward becoming an academic lecturer for ten years. He was made an Associate of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1979. Raphael Maklouf was born to a Jewish family. His father is Samuel Maklouf, born in Safed, Raphael Makouf's mother is Leonie Maklouf.

Reverse

The "Pansy Egg" is also known as the "Jade Egg". This name originates from the precious stone from which it has been made. In addition to jade, the egg used to be decorated with diamonds. It stands on a bunch of carved leaves, made of gold, from which stem five buds of pansies, enameled with various shades of purple. After opening the top part of the egg one can see a decorated with pearls gold heart, on which there are eleven tiny medallions in the shape of strawberries. All of them are connected by a monogram in the shape of the letter M. When opened, the medallions uncover the portaits of all members of the imperial family. At the top of the heart there is a floral wreath surrounding the star of Bethlehem. Below it there appears the year 1899 of complection of the work.

Lettering: IMPERIAL FABERGÉ EGGS

Mint

mw Mint of Poland (Mennica Polska), Warsaw, Poland (1766-date)
Mintmark of Mint of Poland

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
2011 mw 7 000 Proof

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