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2011 Niue Silver $2 Imperial Faberge Eggs Duchess of Marlborough

2011 Niue Silver $2 Imperial Faberge Eggs Duchess of Marlborough

Mintage of only 7,000!
This lovely Proof Sterling Silver egg-shaped coin weighs 1.9 oz and features "The Duchess of Marlborough Egg" also known as "The Pink Serpent Egg." On the egg in the center are two pinkish-orange zircons imitating the color of the original egg. The snake at the bottom part has a polished finish, as well as the pearls surrounding the egg, which emphasize the splendor of this piece of art. The obverse features "The Spring Flowers Egg" as well as a small profile of the queen that appears to be floating above the egg in detailed bordering. Each coin comes encapsulated and with a Certificate of Authenticity from the Mint of Poland.

The tradition of the Faberge egg began in 1885, when Tsar Alexander III gifted one to his wife, the Empress Maria Fedorovna. That egg was known as the "Hen Egg." It was crafted from Gold and featured an opaque white enameled shell that opens to reveal its first surprise, a matte yellow Gold yolk. This in turn opens to reveal a multicolor Gold hen, which also opens. It contains a minute diamond replica of the Imperial Crown from which a small ruby pendant was suspended. The idea came about from an egg decor piece owned by the empress's aunt, which she cherished from her childhood memories. Since then, there have been a number of Faberge eggs made as gifts for Imperials.

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