The first release in this outstanding...
This beautiful Silver coin is part of the new “Gladiators” series and features the Hoplomachus, probably the most defensive roles among the warriors of the Colosseum. The coin has an exceptional High Relief, an Antique Finish quality and comes packaged in an attractive case, along with the Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage to 1.000 pcs worldwide.
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Availability date: 04/10/2017
A Hoplomachus was a type of gladiator in ancient Rome, armed to resemble a Greek hoplite (soldier with heavy armor and helmet, a round shield, a spear and a sword). The hoplomachus would wear a bronze helmet, a manica on his right arm, loincloth (subligaculum), heavy padding on his legs, and a pair of high greaves reaching to mid-thigh. His weapons were the spear and a short sword. He was often pitted against the murmillo (armed like a Roman soldier), perhaps as a re-enactment of Rome's wars in Greece and the Hellenistic East. The name hoplomachus means 'armored fighter'. The small, round shield, or hoplon, was as much a weapon as a sword or spear, not unlike the original hoplites (who carried a larger shield), who used it primarily for defensive purposes, but also employed it in their charges, using it to ram their opponents at the onset of a fight. They wear no shoes so the sand will chafe their feet and give them a challenge.
The reverse of the coin depicts a Hoplomachus, one of the most hated roles from other warriors, due to its way of keeping distance from the opponent and his heavy impenetrable armor. On top of the reverse, the inscription: “GLADIATORS” – the name of the series and on the bottom, the inscription: “HOPLOMACHUS” – the name of the coin. The obverse of the coin depicts the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the inscriptions: “ELIZABETH II” – the name of the Queen, “5 DOLLARS” – the face value, “SOLOMON ISLANDS” – the issue country, “2 Oz Ag 999” – the weight of the coin and the fineness of the Silver and “2017” – the year of issue.