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ICARUS How Man Conquered Skies Silver Coin 1$ Niue 2010


For years the man has dreamt of conquering the skies and admiring the world from up above. The Mint of Poland, decided to realese a new coin series to commemorate the numerous attempts over the years to soar through the air. The first coin of the series depicts Icarus, the mythological forerunner of aviation whose will to discover the unknown ended up in a fall.

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Icarus The Mith
Icarus was the son of the inventor Daedalus and a slave named Naucrate. King Minos of Crete imprisoned Daedalus and Icarus in the Labyrinth to punish Daedalus for helping the hero Theseus to kill the monster called the Minotaur and to escape with Minos' daughter, Ariadne. Daedalus knew that Minos controlled any escape routes by land or sea, but Minos could not prevent an escape by flight. So Daedalus used his skills to build wings for himself and Icarus. He used wax and string to fasten feathers to reeds of varying lengths to imitate the curves of birds' wings.
When their wings were ready, Daedalus warned Icarus to fly at medium altitude. If he flew too high, the sun could melt the wax of his wings, and the sea could dampen the feathers if he flew too low.
Once they had escaped Crete, Icarus became exhilarated by flight. Ignoring his father's warning, he flew higher and higher. The sun melted the wax holding his wings together, and the boy fell into the water and drowned. Daedalus looked down to see feathers floating in the waves, and realized what had happened. He buried his son on an island which would be called Icaria, and the sea into which Icarus had fallen would ever after be called the Icarian Sea (between the Cyclades and Asia Minor).

  • CountryNiue
  • Year2010
  • Face Value1 Dollar
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)925/1000
  • Weight (g)28.28
  • Size (mm)28 x 40
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)6.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)No
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The coin obverse features images of flying objects: a technical drawing of an Antonov plane wing, to the right an engine with a star pattern of pistons, to the left a profile of an aerobatics plane, and above it a bird's wing. To the left side of the coin, along its rim an inscription: Niue Island and the face value: 1 Dollar, issue date: 2010. In the top part of the coin: a likeness of the queen with the inscription: Elizabeth II, the mark of the Mint of Poland (MW), and along the rim the title of the series: "How Man Conquered the Skies".
The reverse features an image of Icarus in its classical form, with raised wings of a bird, losing feathers, underneath a landscape. To the left of the coin a symbolic sun, surrounded by a traditional Greek ornament. Below an inscription: ICARUS.