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ARES God Of War Gods 2 Oz Silver Coin 2$ Niue 2017

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This is the first 2 Oz Pure Silver coin release in the new “Gods” series, dedicated to Ares, the God of war. The wonderful Ultra High Relief details, the Gilding, the Antique Finish and the low mintage, make the coin unique. Don't miss the opportunity to collect this great new coin. The coin comes in a wooden case with Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage to only 500 pieces worldwide!

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Ares
Ares is the Greek god of war. He is one of the Twelve Olympians, and the son of Zeus and Hera. In Greek literature, he often represents the physical or violent and untamed aspect of war, in contrast to his sister the armored Athena, whose functions as a goddess of intelligence include military strategy and general ship. The Greeks were ambivalent toward Ares: although he embodied the physical valor necessary for success in war, he was a dangerous force, “overwhelming, insatiable in battle, destructive, and man-slaughtering”. His sons Phobos (Fear) and Deimos (Terror) and his lover, or sister, Enyo (Discord) accompanied him on his war chariot. In the Iliad, his father Zeus tells him that he is the god most hateful to him. An association with Ares endows places and objects with a savage, dangerous, or militarized quality. His value as a war god is placed in doubt: during the Trojan War, Ares was on the losing side, while Athena, often depicted in Greek art as holding Nike (Victory) in her hand, favored the triumphant Greeks. Ares plays a relatively limited role in Greek mythology as represented in literary narratives, though his numerous love affairs and abundant offspring are often alluded to. When Ares does appear in myths, he typically faces humiliation. He is well-known as the lover of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, who was married to Hephaestus, god of craftsmanship. The most famous story related to Ares and Aphrodite shows them exposed to ridicule through the wronged husband's clever device. The counterpart of Ares among the Roman gods is Mars, who as a father of the Roman people was given a more important and dignified place in ancient Roman religion as a guardian deity. During the Hellenization of Latin literature, the myths of Ares were reinterpreted by Roman writers under the name of Mars. Greek writers under Roman rule also recorded cult practices and beliefs pertaining to Mars under the name of Ares. Thus, in the classical tradition of later Western art and literature, the mythology of the two figures becomes virtually indistinguishable.

  • CountryNiue
  • Year2017
  • Face Value2 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)62.2 (2 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)45
  • QualityAntique Finish
  • Mintage (pcs)500
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
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The reverse of the coin features Ares, God of war. Ares wears his armor with a Gold plated sword in his right hand and a war shield, with a Gold plated lion, on the left arm. Behind Ares, some warriors run with him, as a representation of the war. On the left of the reverse, the Pantheon and the inscription: “Gods” – the name of the series. On the bottom of the reverse, the inscription: “Ares” – the name of the coin. The obverse of the coin features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the inscriptions: “Elizabeth II” – the name of the Queen, “Niue Island” – the issue country, “2017” – the issue date, “Ag 999” – the Silver fineness and “Two Dollars” – the face value.