Cook Islands – 2018 – 10 Dollars – Shield of Athena Aegis

 199.95

This item will be released on April 16, 2018.

The mythology series continues after the Thor’s Hammer issue with the Shield of Athena: Aegis. Minted in ultra high relief on a piedfort 2oz blank and finished in antique. Detailed like never seen before on such a relief. Just 999 pieces are issued in pure silver.

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Issuing Country Cook Islands
Year of Issue 2018
Face Value 10 Dollars
Metal Silver
Fineness (purity) 999/1000
Weight 2 oz / 62.2 gram
Diameter 38.61 mm
Quality Antique
Mintage 999
Scope of Delivery Box
Certificate
Special features Piedford blank

Description

The mythology series continues after the Thor’s Hammer issue with the Shield of Athena: Aegis. Minted in ultra high relief on a piedfort 2oz blank and finished in antique. Detailed like never seen before on such a relief. Just 999 pieces are issued in pure silver.

The aegis, as stated in the Iliad, is carried by Athena and Zeus, but its nature is uncertain. It had been interpreted as an animal skin or a shield, sometimes bearing the head of a Gorgon. There may be a connection with a deity named Aex or Aix, a daughter of Helios and a nurse of Zeus or alternatively a mistress of Zeus. The aegis of Athena is referred to in several places in the Iliad. “It produced a sound as from a myriad roaring dragons and was borne by Athena in battle … and among them went bright-eyed Athene, holding the precious aegis which is ageless and immortal: a hundred tassels of pure gold hang fluttering from it, tight-woven each of them, and each the worth of a hundred oxen.”

Key Selling Points:
Highly detailed coin
Ultra high relief – smartminting
Piedfort 2oz blank
Low mintage
Iconic famous motive

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