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2017 Tokelau 1 oz Silver $5 Maori Moko Reverse Proof

2017 Tokelau 1 oz Silver $5 Maori Moko Reverse Proof

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This Tokelau 1 oz Silver Reverse Proof coin is a cultural and historical masterpiece. Designed by Maori Artist Alan Tawhi-Amopiu this Tokelau legal tender features a traditional "Ta Moko" design, which is the permanent facial and body tattooing by Maori.

Coin Highlights:
  • Contains 1 oz of .999 fine Silver.
  • Mintage of 2,000 worldwide.
  • Comes in a mint issued box with a certificate of authenticity.
  • Reverse Proof condition with Black Ruthenium finish.
  • Obverse: Features a traditional "Ta Moko" mask design, purity and weight.
  • Reverse: Depicts a likeness of Queen Elizabeth II along with the Tuluma, the national symbol of Tokelau. The Tuluma is a wooden tackle box used by the fishermen of Tokelau, inscribed with "Tokelau mot e Atua" meaning "Tokelau for God", referencing the influence of Christianity in Tokelau.

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The traditional "Ta Moko" tattoo's are traditionally carved by uhi (chisels) in comparison with modern-day tattooing, puncturing with needles. The designs refer to the rank, lines of rank, power, position at birth, position in life, etc of the bearer. Ta Moko was worn by both men and women, applied to the face and buttocks of men, and to the chin, lips and shoulders of women.

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