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MINOTAUR Creatures of Greek Mythology 1 Oz Silver Coin 2$ Niue 2016


This beautiful series focuses on and showcases three mythical creatures of Greek Mythology: Cerberus, Centaur and Minotaur. This is the third coin on this series and is dedicated to the legendary Minotaur. 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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Minotaur, Greek Minotauros, in Greek mythology, a fabulous monster of Crete that had the body of a man and the head of a bull. It was the offspring of Pasiphae, the wife of Minos, and a snow-white bull sent to Minos by the god Poseidon for sacrifice. Minos, instead of sacrificing it, kept it alive; Poseidon as a punishment made Pasiphae fall in love with it. Her child by the bull was shut up in the Labyrinth created for Minos by Daedalus.
A son of Minos, Androgeos, was later killed by the Athenians; to avenge his death, Minos demanded that seven Athenian youths and seven maidens should be sent every ninth year (or, according to another version, every year) to be devoured by the Minotaur. When the third time of sacrifice came, the Athenian hero Theseus volunteered to go, and, with the help of Ariadne, daughter of Minos and Pasiphae, he killed the monster and ended the tribute. Theseus escaped with Ariadne.

  • CountryNiue
  • Year2016
  • 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 Minotaur. The Minotaur was a monster with the body of a man and the head and tail of a bull. 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), "2016" (year of issue).