T.E. Lawrence

Niue Islands 2013 - $2 - T.E. Lawrence - 1oz LIMITED Silver Coin

No more than 1.888 of the "T.E. Lawrence" silver coins will be issued by New Zealand Mint.
This silver coin with a milled edge is dedicated to famous personalities.
$80.73

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Country Niue Islands
Year 2013
Face Value currency Dollar
Face Value number 2
Metal Silver
Fineness 999/1000
Weight 1oz - 31,1g
Diameter 40 mm
Mintage 100
Quality Proof
Certificate of authenticity yes
Presentation Case yes
Price $80.73
Coin Story

Thomas Edward Lawrence, CB, DSO (16th August 1888 – 19th May 1935), known as T. E. Lawrence, or ‘Lawrence of Arabia’, was a British Army officer renowned for his role in conflict within the Middle East during the First World War. The breadth and variety of his activities, and his ability to describe them vividly in writing, earned him international fame. The year commencing in August 2013 dates the 125th anniversary of his birth.

‘All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.’ - T. E. Lawrence

Reverse Design

This purely engraved coin commemorates the life and achievements of one of the greatest and most mysterious men of the 20th century. Focusing on the partially obscured face of this historical enigma, Lawrence is captured in the traditional Middle Eastern garb which made him a global media phenomenon of his day. One side of his headdress represents a map of the Middle East where he spent so much of his life.
The folds in the cloth of the other side represent the endless rolling sand dunes of the desert which Lawrence called home and the fluidity of his own life.
A Sopwith Camel biplane is set against this Arabian background, symbolizing Lawrence’s great love of flying and the many years he served in the RAF. It was here where he was instrumental in bringing about key reforms such as the abolition of the death penalty for cowardice in battle, and the use of Pith helmets being abandoned by the air force in India. Lawrence’s passion for motorcycles is shown in a finely engraved Brough Superior, a make of motorcycle which he loved, and on which he ultimately would have a tragic accident upon.
The fragmented, grid like element of this design, symbolizes the complex, secretive and multi sided nature of Lawrence’s life. He was a celebrity of his day, a military leader, an explorer, an author, a pilot, a guerrilla and a pioneer to name but a few. These grids also represent the pioneering work Lawrence made in mapping large areas of the Middle East through the use of aerial photography.

Obverse Design

This features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Packaging

The T.E. Lawrence 1 oz 999 Pure Silver Coin is presented in an attractive dark wooden case with removable coin-holder insert. The insert can be positioned so the coin is displayed upright. The outer boxing displays a historical photographic image of T.E. Lawrence.

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