|Country: Niue||Metal Purity: 999||Box: No|
|Year of Issue: 2016||Weight: 17.5 g||CoA: Yes|
|Face Value: 1 dollar||Dimensions: 38.61||Coin Accent: Stone insert|
|ID: NU0736||Quality: Proof|
|Mintage quantity: 999 pcs|
This brand new edition by Niue comes in three versions: 17,5 g silver 999, 400 g silver 999 and 6 g gold 9999. All of them boast an impressive and unique decoration - a piece of genuine amber inserted on the reverse. Each coin stands out from the rest due to the unique shade of amber – no two inserts are similar! Struck from 17,5 g silver 999 proof with microprinting, each coin is individually numbered and comes housed in a specially designed presentation case. The worldwide mintage is limited to 999 pieces.
The reverse contains the names of the cities involved in an ancient trade route: Saint Petersburg, Palanga, Kaliningrad, Gdansk, Wroclaw, Brno, Vienna, Szombathely, Ljubljana, Aquileia. The corresponding present-day states are outlined on the obverse. There is also a fragment of the Altar of Peace, erected between 13 and 9 BC on the Campus Martius in honor of the Roman emperor Augustus on his triumphant return from Spain.
The reverse displays a scene from Greek mythology - Zeus, in the form of a bull, blinded by his love for beautiful Europe, seduces and kidnaps the princess. There is also a small amber sculpture made with the technique intaglio relief, a result of incredible craftsmanship and attention to detail.