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CERBERUS Creatures of Greek Mythology 1 Oz Silver Coin 2$ Niue 2015


This beautiful series focuses on and showcases three mythical creatures of Greek Mythology: Cerberus, Centaur and Minotaur. This is the first coin on this series and is dedicated to the legendary Cerberus. The coin is Struck by New Zealand Mint from 1 oz of 99.9% pure Silver in Proof quality. Limited mintage at only 2.000 pieces worldwide!

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Cerberus was a three-headed dog that guarded the entrance of the Underworld, allowing the dead to enter but letting none out. He was the son of Typhon and Echidna. Apart from his three heads, he also had a serpent's tail, a mane of snakes and the claws of a lion.
Cerberus was the twelfth and final labour that was given to Heracles by King Eurystheus. Heracles had to capture the three-headed dog without using any weapons. After learning how the enter the Underworld, and assisted by some of the gods, he managed to go to the Underworld and find Hades to ask for his permission to take Cerberus to the surface. Hades agreed under the condition that Heracles must not use any weapons. Heracles eventually managed to overpower Cerberus and brought him to Eurystheus, successfully completing his twelve labours.

  • CountryNiue
  • Year2015
  • Face Value2 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)40
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)2.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

The reverse of the coin depicts the legendary Cerberus, best known as the guardian to the gates of Hades. In Greek mythology Cerberus is depicted as a dog with three ferocious heads and the tail of a snake. On the bottom od the coin, the inscription: "1 oz 999 FINE SILVER" (weight and purity of the Silver). The obverse of the coin depicts the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. All around the inscriptions: "ELIZABETH II", "NIUE" (issuer), "TWO DOLLARS" (face value), "2015" (year of issue).