Silver coins are one of the oldest forms of coinage produced, dating back to the ancient days of Greece. Today, silver coins are extremely sought after among numismatists and investors, pertaining both sentimental and trade value. Gainesville Coins offers an assortment of silver coins from the island country of Niue in a variety of weights and purities. Some feature artistic depictions of art and animals, including commemorative and holiday series.
Niue is located within a triangle formed by Tonga, Samoa and the Cook Islands. The island was settled by Samoan Polynesians in approximately 900 A.D. British explorer, Captain James Cook was the first European to spot the island, but he was unable to claim it due to harsh resistance from the natives, including the possible threat of diseases. Not until the early 18th century did Niue establish an official government. Through contacts with Samoa and Tonga, various patu-iki (or kings) were introduced to rule the island. Tui-toga was the first Christian king, reigning from 1875 to 1887.