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This beautiful 1 Kg Silver coin commemorates the Fairy Tale by the German “Grimm Brothers” and depicts five of their most famous tales. The coin has a stunning size and is incredibly finished, has a wonderful coloration, is partially Gold plated and comes in an elegant case, along with the Certificate of Authenticity. Strictly limited mintage to only 300 pieces worldwide.
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Availability date: 10/17/2017
The Brothers Grimm spent their formative years in the German town of Hanau. Their father's death in 1796 caused great poverty for the family and affected the brothers for many years after. They both attended the University of Marburg where they developed a curiosity about German folklore, which grew into a lifelong dedication to collecting German folk tales. The rise of romanticism during the 19th century revived interest in traditional folk stories, which to the brothers represented a pure form of national literature and culture. With the goal of researching a scholarly treatise on folk tales, they established a methodology for collecting and recording folk stories that became the basis for folklore studies. Between 1812 and 1857, their first collection was revised and republished many times, growing from 86 stories to more than 200. In addition to writing and modifying folk tales, the brothers wrote collections of well-respected German and Scandinavian mythologies, and in 1838 they began writing a definitive German dictionary (Deutsches Wörterbuch), which they were unable to finish during their lifetimes. The popularity of the Grimms' best folk tales has endured well. The tales are available in more than 100 languages and have been later adapted by filmmakers including Lotte Reiniger and Walt Disney, with films such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Sleeping Beauty. During the 1930s and 40s, the tales were used as propaganda by the Third Reich; later in the 20th century psychologists such as Bruno Bettelheim reaffirmed the value of the work, in spite of the cruelty and violence in original versions of some of the tales, which the Grimms eventually sanitized.
The reverse of the coin depicts the effigyes of the Grimm Brothers, surrounded by a beautifully design of five of their legendary and loved Fairy Tales – Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and Red Riding Hood. On the bottom of the effigies, the inscription: “Grimm’s Fairy Tales” – 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, “SOLOMON ISLANDS” – the issue country, “100 DOLLARS” – the face value and “2017” - the year of issue.