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CALIFORNIA Gold Rush Nuggets 1 Oz Silver Coin 5$ Niue 2016


This interesting coin is the first in the new series “Gold Rush” and commemorates the larger gold rushes in modern times, beginning with the California gold rush of 1848. The coin contains, in a transparent capsule, genuine 24-karat gold leaf, has an Antique Finish quality and 1 Ounce weight. Limited mintage to 5.000 pieces worldwide.

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Gold has been a valuable and highly sought-after precious metal for coinage, jewelry, and other arts since long before the beginning of recorded history. Gold standards have been the most common basis for monetary policies throughout human history, being widely supplanted by fiat currency starting in the 1930s. The last gold certificate and gold coin currencies were issued in the U.S. in 1932. In Europe, most countries left the gold standard with the start of World War I in 1914 and, with huge war debts, failed to return to gold as a medium of exchange.

A total of 165,000 tonnes of gold have been mined in human history, as of 2009. This is roughly equivalent to 5.3 billion troy ounces or, in terms of volume, about 8500 m3, or a cube 20.4 m on a side. The world consumption of new gold produced is about 50% in jewelry, 40% in investments, and 10% in industry.

Besides its widespread monetary and symbolic functions, gold has many practical uses in dentistry, electronics, and other fields. Its high malleability, ductility, resistance to corrosion and most other chemical reactions, and conductivity of electricity led to many uses of gold, including electric wiring, colored-glass production and even gold leaf eating.

It has been claimed that most of the Earth's gold lies at its core, the metal's high density having made it sink there in the planet's youth. Virtually all of the gold that mankind has discovered is considered to have been deposited later by meteorites which contained the element.

  • CountryNiue
  • Year2016
  • Face Value5 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)39
  • QualityAntique Finish
  • Mintage (pcs)5.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
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The reverse of this coin depicts a man who makes a new discovery of a piece of gold, near the river, in California, 1848. In the center of the coin, a transparent capsule, with a gold leaf 24kt. This capsule with the insert, can be seen also on the obverse face. On the top of the coin, the inscription: “California Gold Rush 1848” – the name of the coin. The coin’s obverse depicts the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the inscriptions: “Niue” – the issue country, “2016” – the issue year, “5 Dollars” - the face value and “1 Oz 999 Silver” – the weight and the fineness of Silver, and the same capsule with the gold insert, on the top of the obverse.