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


This impressive Creatures of Greek Mythology – Sirens 1 Oz Silver Coin is the sixth 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 Sirens
The Sirens were beautiful but dangerous creatures that lured the sailors with their beautiful voices to their doom, causing the ships to crash on the reefs near their island. They were the daughters of the river god Achelous, while their mother may have been Terpsichore, Melpomene, Sterope or Chthon. Although closely linked to marine environments, they were not considered sea deities. The texts mentioning the Sirens provide different opinions as to their number and their names; some mention two or three; others mention more. The Sirens were probably considered the companions of Persephone, daughter of goddess Demeter. The latter had given them wings in order to protect her daughter; however, after Persephone's abduction from Hades, Demeter cursed them. The Sirens' song was a beautiful, yet sad melody, eternally calling for Persephone's return.

  • 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 Sirens singing to Odysseus as his ship passes Anthemoessa. In Greek Mythology, Sirens were the beautiful but dangerous nymphs that lured sailors with their enchanting voices to their doom, causing ships to crash on the reefs near their island. 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).