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Tuvalu 2009-P Great Russian Minds - Author Nikolai Gogol Bicentennial $1 Pure Silver Dollar Reverse Proof with Color

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This new coin series honors the greatest minds of Russia's Enlightenment!

Sold out at the Mint!We are proud to bring you this low-mintage (only 6,000!) reverse proof silver dollar with a literary connection. The first release from the Perth Mint’s Great Russian Minds series celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of author Nikolai Gogol, the "father of realism" in Russian literature. Born in the Ukraine on April 1, 1809, the satirical writer produced some of Russia’s most important and best-loved plays, short stories and novels before his untimely death in 1852.

A portrait painting of Russian satirical playwright, author and novelist Nikolai Gogol by the painter Alexander Ivanov.This first release depicts a stunning, full color portrait of Nikolai Gogol and three of his famous literary characters (from top):
   • Taras Bulba, from the novel of the same name;
   • Khlestakov, from the satirical play
   The Government Inspector; and
   • Patsyuk, from the short story Christmas Eve.
With their scrupulous and scathing realism, ethical criticism as well as philosophical depth, Gogol's works remain some of the most significant of world literature. The coin’s obverse marks the anniversary of this important author's birth with the words "200th Anniversary Nikolai Gogol 1809 – 2009".

The five coins in the Great Russian Minds program, with their projected release dates, are:
   • Playwright & Novelist Nikolai Gogol (Born 200 years ago in 1809)
   • Author & Playwright Anton Chekhov (2010 - Born 150 years ago in 1810)
   • Surgeon Nikolai Pirogov (2010 - Born 200 years ago in 1810)
   • Writer Leo Tolstoy (2010 - Died 100 years ago in 1910)
   • Polymath Mikhail Lomonosov (2011 - Born 300 years ago in 1711)

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Technology Note
Tuvalu 2009 Gogol Silver $1 Coin with full packagingThe Perth Mint of Australia employs its own proprietary colorization technology, in which the color is actually sealed on the coin. The vibrant hues and precise execution of the technology create a stunning, full-color portrait on each coin.

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A stunning, full color portrait of author Nikolai Gogol and three of his famous characters. The legend 200TH ANNIVERSARY NIKOLAI GOGOL 1809-2009 marks the commemoration. The Perth Mint's "P" mint mark also appears.

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Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, in crowned profile facing right. This portrait, featuring Her Majesty wearing a tiara and pearl drop earrings, was executed by the sculptor Raphael Maklouf. The legend QUEEN ELIZABETH II, the date of issue and denomination also appear.

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The coin is encapsulated inside a handsome taupe leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and satin, and protected by a full-color outer box. A full-color, individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

Country Tuvalu
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2009
Face Value One Dollar
Weight 31.135 g
Diameter 40.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness)   4.00 mm
Mintage Limit    6,000
Finish Proof with Color
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
Artist Raphael Maklouf (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered

The Island Nation of Tuvalu
Tuvalu, formerly known as the Ellice Islands, is a Polynesian island nation located in the Pacific Ocean midway between Hawaii and Australia. Its nearest neighbors are Kiribati, Samoa and Fiji. It is comprised of four reef islands and five true atolls. Its population of 11,992 makes it the third-least populated independent country in the world, with only Vatican City and Nauru having fewer inhabitants. It is also the second-smallest member by population of the United Nations. In terms of physical land size, at just 10 square miles Tuvalu is the fourth smallest country in the world, larger only than the Vatican City, Monaco and Nauru.

The first inhabitants of Tuvalu were Polynesian people, who arrived about 3000 years go. The islands came under Great Britain's sphere of influence in the late 19th century. The Ellice Islands were administered by Britain as part of a protectorate from 1892 to 1916 and as part of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony from 1916 to 1974. In 1974 the Ellice Islanders voted for separate British dependency status as Tuvalu, separating from the Gilbert Islands which became Kiribati upon independence. Tuvalu became fully independent within The Commonwealth in 1978. with Queen Elizabeth II as titular head of state.

Because Tuvalu has few natural resources it has been dependent in recent years upon aid from larger, more developed nations, including Australia, New Zealand and the United States. The Perth Mint of Australia is officially commissioned by the government of Tuvalu to produce legal tender coinage for the island nation.

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