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SITTING BULL Indian Sioux Chief Silver Coin 1$ Niue 2010


Sitting Bull is the fifth coin in the "Great Commanders" series. The Mint of Poland has decided to depict the greatest and the most heroic and charismatic commanders on collector coins. The Sitting Bull was a notable Chief and shaman of Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux. He sacrificed his life fighting with the white men.

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Sitting Bull
The Sitting Bull lived between 1831 and 1890. He was a Native American chief and a holy man from the ethnic group of Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux. His authority was symbolized by the beautiful decoration of the head with feathers received as a token of esteem from the best warriors.
The Sitting Bull devoted his whole life to the fight against the white man who was a danger to the life of the Native Americans. In 1868, on the basis of the Treaty of Fort Laramie, it was guaranteed that the people of the Sitting Bull would still be able to inhabit the Black Hills (an area of the Big Horn Mountains). Unfortunately, after 6 years gold was found in the area, which brought miners, and then an army of soldiers. In 1876, the Sitting Bull won the Battle of the Little Bighorn, defeating the army of General George Crook.
After the battle, he led his people to Canada, deciding to stay there due to the failure of peace negotiations with the Americans. He managed to obtain a guarantee of protection by the Canadian police. Despite this, the Americans continued to take measures which were to lead to the annihilation of the Native Americans. The Sioux were deprived of food as a result of wiping out of the buffalo, which was the main source of nutrition for them. As part of repressive measures, the Sitting Bull was imprisoned and then moved to a reservation. For some time he participated in the "Wild West Show" of Buffalo Bill, travelling with the performances across Europe. In 1890, after he had settled in the reservation, he was shot along with thirteen other Native Americans by Native American policemen serving in the US army. The fight for life was thus ended.

Niue is a small island nation in the South Pacific. Although it is completely self-governing and independent, it remains in free association with New Zealand, a member of the British Commonwealth of Nations, hence the portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on its coinage. The country is located about 1,450 miles northeast of New Zealand. It is closest to Samoa, Tonga, and the Cook Islands. It is one of the largest coral islands in the world, with a total area of 260 square kilometers. Niueans are predominantly Polynesian; most are bilingual, speaking both Niuean and English.

  • CountryNiue
  • Year2010
  • Face Value1 Dollar
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)925/1000
  • Weight (g)28.28
  • Diameter (mm)38.61
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)6.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)No
On the Obverse coin's in the central part is depicted the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with the mint’s mark (M/W). Around it there are ornaments with Indian’s symbols. At the top an inscription: Niue Island, Elisabeth II, the year of issue (2010) and the nominal value (1 dollar). On the Reverse coin's is depicted an image of Sitting Bull in relief. On the right there is an image of dancing Sitting Bull, depicted in pad printing technique. Below it there are the years of birth ad death (1831-1890). On the right, along the rim an inscription: SITTING BULL.