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


This impressive Creatures of Greek Mythology – Cyclopes 1 Oz Silver Coin is the fifth coin to be released in this coin collection. This stunning coin is packaged in a brown bag, styled after ancient Greek money pouches. The coin has a Proof quality and will be shipped with the Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage to 2.000 pcs worldwide.

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The Cyclopes
The Cyclopes (singular: Cyclops) were gigantic, one-eyed monsters. Probably the most famous of them is Polyphemus, the Cyclops that was blinded by Odysseus. The Cyclopes were generally considered the sons of Titans Uranus and Gaea, but according to Homer, Polyphemus was the son of Poseidon, and the other Cyclopes were his brothers. Based on their description, they were a wild race of gigantic growth, similar in nature to the earth-born Giants, and had a single eye in the middle of their foreheads. They led a lawless life, possessing neither social manners nor fear for the gods, and were the workmen of Hephaestus, whose workshop was supposed to be in the heart of the volcanic mountain Etna.

  • 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 features an engraved illustration of the single-eyed lawless Cyclops, being blinded by Odysseus and his men. In Greek mythology, the Cyclopes were a race of giants, each with a single eye in the center of their forehead. On the bottom of the coin, the inscription: "1 Oz 999 FINE SILVER" (the weight and the fineness of the Silver). The obverse of the coin depicts the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. All around the inscriptions: "ELIZABETH II", "NIUE" (issue country), "TWO DOLLARS" (face value), "2016" (year of issue).