This magnificent Silver Proof 1 Kilo...
This 2 Oz Silver coin is the first issue of the new series “Camelot” and is dedicated to the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. The coin is minted with an exceptional High Relief, thanks to the Smartminting technology. The coin comes in an elegant case with Certificate of Authenticity included. Extremely limited mintage to only 999 pieces worldwide.
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Availability date: 06/09/2017
King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table
King Arthur was a legendary British leader who, according to medieval histories and romances, led the defence of Britain against Saxon invaders in the late 5th and early 6th centuries AD. The details of Arthur's story are mainly composed of folklore and literary invention, and his historical existence is debated and disputed by modern historians. The sparse historical background of Arthur is gleaned from various sources, including the Annales Cambriae, the Historia Brittonum, and the writings of Gildas. Arthur's name also occurs in early poetic sources such as Y Gododdin. Arthur is a central figure in the legends making up the so-called Matter of Britain. The legendary Arthur developed as a figure of international interest largely through the popularity of Geoffrey of Monmouth's fanciful and imaginative 12th-century Historia Regum Britanniae (History of the Kings of Britain). In some Welsh and Breton tales and poems that date from before this work, Arthur appears either as a great warrior defending Britain from human and supernatural enemies or as a magical figure of folklore, sometimes associated with the Welsh Otherworld, Annwn. How much of Geoffrey's Historia (completed in 1138) was adapted from such earlier sources, rather than invented by Geoffrey himself, is unknown. Although the themes, events and characters of the Arthurian legend varied widely from text to text, and there is no one canonical version, Geoffrey's version of events often served as the starting point for later stories. Geoffrey depicted Arthur as a king of Britain who defeated the Saxons and established an empire over Britain, Ireland, Iceland, Norway and Gaul. Many elements and incidents that are now an integral part of the Arthurian story appear in Geoffrey's Historia, including Arthur's father Uther Pendragon, the wizard Merlin, Arthur's wife Guinevere, the sword Excalibur, Arthur's conception at Tintagel, his final battle against Mordred at Camlann, and final rest in Avalon. The 12th-century French writer Chrétien de Troyes, who added Lancelot and the Holy Grail to the story, began the genre of Arthurian romance that became a significant strand of medieval literature. In these French stories, the narrative focus often shifts from King Arthur himself to other characters, such as various Knights of the Round Table. Arthurian literature thrived during the Middle Ages but waned in the centuries that followed until it experienced a major resurgence in the 19th century. In the 21st century, the legend lives on, not only in literature but also in adaptations for theatre, film, television, comics and other media.
The reverse of the coin features King Arthur, in ultra high relief, crown on head and in full armor, holding the legendary sword Excalibur. On the background, the legendary castle of Camelot, fortifications and stone bridge all set over water. The coin features the Arthur’s armor shiny and full of details. On top of the coin’s reverse the inscriptions: “King Arthur” – the name of the coin and “2016” – the issue date. The Queen effigy sits in the middle of the iconic Round Table as seen from above. Surrounding the table and set around the rim, are twelve knights, helmets in hand, and holding the swords inwards in the classic pose. In the center the effigy of Her Majestic Queen Elizabeth II, the inscriptions: “Cook Islands” – the issue country, “2 Oz Ag .999” – the weight and the Silver fineness and “10 Dollars” – the face value.