Lucky Coins - Ladybird Gilded

Niue Islands 2013 - $2 - Lucky Coins - Ladybird Gilded - 28,28 LIMITED Gilded Silver Coin

22.222 of these coins were issued by Mint of Poland!
This gilded silver coin comes with a silver filigree insert and is dedicated to luck.
$92.43

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Country Niue Islands
Year 2013
Face Value currency Dollar
Face Value number 2
Metal Silver - Gilded
Fineness 925/1000
Weight 28,28g
Diameter 41 mm
Mintage 22222
Quality Proof
Certificate of authenticity yes
Presentation Case yes
Price $92.43
Coin Story

The most likely explanation for the belief that ladybirds are lucky is their dietary habits. In their menu there are harmful crop pests, so these friendly creatures have been always warmly welcomed by farmers and gardeners. The appearance of a ladybird is also considered as a blessing, which is the reason why there are positive associations with them in many cultures. Furthermore, they are believed to bring future luck in love, good weather, a financial windfall as well as grant wishes. In some cultures having a ladybird land on a person is supposed to be particularly lucky whereas when a ladybird lands on an object, it will be replaced by a new and improved one.

In some Christian societies, especially in Europe, the ladybird is linked with the Virgin Mary, also known as Our Lady to devout Catholics. In early paintings Mary was often depicted wearing a red cloak and the spots of the seven spot ladybird were said to symbolize her Seven Sorrows. What is more, according to the legend, one very unfortunate year fearful of their crops farmers prayed to the Virgin Mary for protection of the fruit of their hard work. She listened to their prayers and sent beetles. They made a feast of invading insects, saving the crops. From that day forward little winged rescuers were called “Beetles of Our Lady”. Later the name was shortened to “lady beetles”. This story explains the origins of the referring to the Virgin name “ladybird”, also known as a “lady beetle” or “ladybug”.

Reverse Design

In the main part of the coin an insert made up of a transparent capsule containing a filigree element. At the background the images of ladybirds. At the bottom, on the left, along the rim an inscription: “GOOD LUCK”.

Obverse Design

In the main part of the coin an insert made up of a transparent capsule containing a filigree element. At the top the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and semicircular inscriptions: ELIZABETH II, NIUE ISLAND (issuer) the mint’s mark (m/w), 2 DOLLARS 2012 (face value, year of issue).

Packaging

The Lucky Coins - Ladybird Gilded silver coin comes encapsuled, in a neat blister pack, with a Certificate of Authenticity.

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