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Anyone Know Where I Can Get An Ariel Gemstone Coin (Niue)

 
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 Posted 04/22/2021  01:53 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add silverbug42 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
this coin seems to be sold out everywhere, can't even find it on ebay. only 10,000 minted so I expect it to be rare but not this rare.

https://www.apmex.com/product/17582...l-w-gemstone

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 Posted 04/22/2021  04:04 am  Show Profile   Check ryurazu's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add ryurazu to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
i took a quick look at some of the New Zealand site and they don't seem to have that particular coin in stock at the moment. If I didn't remember incorrectly Niue coins are minted in NZ, you might want to call them and ask them to check if they have any tuck away :D.
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 Posted 04/22/2021  08:48 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add coaster to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It looks as though it's available here https://www.ssinkhe.com/index.php?m...ts_id=110340
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 Posted 04/22/2021  09:32 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Gemstone most probably mirror backed Swarovski glass crystal, with cut crown facets. Sharp edge between facets very easily crazed,
thus coin needs to be in capsule to avoid damage to the gemstone.

Green cubic zirconia is a much tougher stone, and much the same price in this size. Stone max value for either material well less than $10. If this coin succeeds, it will be due to the artwork, not the scarcity.

I am a gem facetor. Aussie yellow sapphire rough direct from mine is my preferred stone to cut.
My gem faceting and numismatic interests strictly separated, but for some coin collectors and dealers, gem and coin interests occasionally come together.
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 Posted 04/28/2021  4:08 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add David Graham to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
sel_69l - Reminds me of my short stint at the local lapidary club as a teenager. 35 years on I can still remember the smell of the molten dop wax and cutting coolant.

Do you facet gems the old school manual way or is it all laser cut with electronic angle adjustment?
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 Posted 04/29/2021  12:57 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Princetane to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Ryurazu - no they are not. Niuean's use our currency as a unit for their garbage NCLT.
Most of it minted in USA, Germany and even China now.

Niue use our currency for everyday needs and it is all made overseas
Banknotes - Australia
$1 and $2 - UK
10c, 20c, 50c - Canada.

A few Kiwi bullion coins are made here, but we do not mint any junk NCLT coinage for anyone.
Loving Halfcrowns. British and Commonwealth coins 1750 - 1950 and anything Kiwi.
If it's round, shiny and silvery I will love it.
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