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Tuvalu Gold Coins

Brief Tuvalu History
The islands were discovered in 1764 by John Byron. formerly known as the Lagoon Islands or the Ellice Islands, the islands comprising Tuvalu have been fully independent since October 1st 1978. The motto on Tuvalu's coat of arms is TUVALU MO TE ATUA. For many years they were part of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands, but there were continuing problems over racial and linguistic differences, and the Ellice Islands became Tuvalu in October 1975. Tuvalu means "nine islands".

Tuvalu Gold Coins
Tuvalu issued its own coins for the first time only in 1976. Unlike many small countries, Tuvalu does issue coins for circulation, and not just commemoratives, even though its population is only about 9,000
It has also issued a number of gold coins, but this is its first issue of bullion coins.
Other Tuvalu gold coins are shown on their own page.

The design theme of the 2005 issue is an large and attractive owl, in fact the Australian Barking Owl (Ninex Connivens), perched on a tree branch. the frosted design appears on a shiny background. Widespread throughout much of Australia, barking owls are named after their loud and remarkably dog-like double bark (wook wook). the possess the owl's familiar large staring eyes.
The obverse portrays the Raphael Maklouf effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Superior Finish - Prooflike
The finish of these "owls" is so good that when we received our first delivery and photographed them, we forgot they were only "bullion" coins with an "uncirculated" finish, and designated them as proofs when we renamed our image files. We know and have come to expect high production quality from the Perth Mint, who have produced these coins for Tuvalu, but the proof-like finish on these coins exceeds anything we expected.
As UK Prime Distributors for the Perth Mint, we are delighted to be able to offer these beautiful coins at attractive prices.

Technical Specifications Gold Bullion Series
DenominationSizeDiameterWeightFinenessGold Content
$50Half Ounce30.0015.554.99990.500
$30Fifth Ounce21.956.222.99990.200
$15Tenth Ounce17.953.111.99990.100
$3Twenty-Fifth Ounce13.921.224.99990.04

Notes on Table
Diameter = Diameter in millimetres.
Weight = Gross weight in grams.
Fineness = purity of gold alloy.
Gold Content = Actual gold content in troy ounces.

Our Choice Tuvalu Owls Prices & Availability

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2005$50Half OunceUncAsk
2006$50Half OunceUncAsk
2007$50Half OunceUncYes
2005$30Fifth OunceUncAsk
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2005$15Tenth OunceUncAsk
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2005$3Twenty Fifth OunceUncAsk
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Postage & Packing
UK Registered Post (Special Delivery) £9 per order
EU Insured Post £10 per order
USA Airmail $10 per order
USA Insured Shipping $20 per order

Tuvalu Silver and Base Metal Coins
For silver and base metal coins of Tuvalu, please look at our original Chard Coins website.

Reverse of 2007 Tuvalu Half Ounce Gold Owl
Reverse of 2007 Tuvalu Half Ounce Gold Owl

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Obverse of 2007 Tuvalu Gold Owl
Obverse of 2007 Tuvalu Gold Owl


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