Amazing coin issued by the Republic...
This beautiful 1 Oz Silver coin features the Hongi, dedicated to the British & Irish Lions 2017 Tour to New Zealand, a Maori symbol that represents the union of four rival nations. The coin has a beautiful coloration, has a Proof quality and comes in a themed case, along with the Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage to 1.000 pieces worldwide.
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Availability date: 06/08/2017
British & Irish Lions
The British and Irish Lions is a rugby union team selected from players eligible for any of the Home Nations – the national sides of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The Lions are a Test side, and generally select international players, but they can pick uncapped players available to any one of the four unions. The side tours every four years, with these rotating among Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. The 2009 Test series was lost 2–1 to South Africa, while the 2013 Test series was won 2–1 over Australia. From 1888 onwards combined rugby sides from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland toured the Southern Hemisphere. The first tour was a commercial venture, and was undertaken without official backing. The six subsequent visits enjoyed a growing degree of support from the authorities, before the 1910 South Africa tour, which was the first tour representative of the four Home Unions. In 1949 the four Home Unions formally created a Tours Committee and for the first time, every player of the 1950 Lions squad had played internationally before the tour. The 1950s tours saw high win rates in provincial games, but the Test series were typically lost or drawn. The winning series in 1971 (New Zealand) and 1974 (South Africa) changed this pattern. The last tour of the amateur age took place in 1993.
The reverse of the coin depicts rugby players from New Zealand and The British & Irish Lions coming together in a hongi. The hongi is a sacred Maori physical embrace where two people become one by pressing noses and foreheads together. The British & Irish Lions badge is a historic and cherished symbol that represents the union of four rival nations. This along with the red colour of the background present a clear connection to the long established team. On top of the reverse, the inscription: “ONE DOLLAR” – the face value and on the bottom, the inscription: “THE BRITISH & IRISH LIONS 2017 TOUR TO NEW ZEALAND” – the name of the coin. The obverse of the coin depicts the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the inscriptions: “ELIZABETH II” – the name of the Queen, “2017” – the year of issue, “NEW ZEALAND” – the issue country and “.999 Ag 1oz” – the weight of the coin and the fineness of the Silver.