Palau – 2017 – 10 Dollars – Eternal Sculptures Venus de Milo
This 2 Oz Silver coin is the second issue of the new series “Eternal Sculptures” and is dedicated to one of the most famous works of ancient Greek sculpture – Venus de Milo. The coin has two-sides Smartminting, features marble effect, has unbelievable details on the High Relief surface and a Black Proof quality. Limited mintage to only 999 pcs worldwide.
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It’s popularly believed that this Grecian statue depicts the Greek Goddess of love and beauty, who was often rendered half-naked. However, the Greeks would have called this deity Aphrodite. Nonetheless, the Roman-inspired Venus de Milo caught on. On April 8, 1820, a farmer named Yorgos Kentrotas came across the statue in pieces within the ruins of an ancient city on the island of Milos (formerly known as Melos). Some have suggested the sculpture is not Aphrodite/Venus, but Amphitrite, the sea goddess who was particularly adored on Milos. Still others have proposed she’s Victory, or perhaps a prostitute. With her arms long missing, would-be context clues have been lost for centuries. A spear could have meant one thing, a spool of thread another. If she held an apple—as some reports claim—it could mean she was Aphrodite, holding the award given to her by Paris before the Trojan War began. To this day, it’s a matter of passionate debate.