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HEL Norse Gods High Relief 2 Oz Silver Coin 10$ Cook Islands 2015


The fourth coin issue of the series "Norse Gods" featuring Hel, is a giantess and goddess in Norse mythology who rules over Helheim, the underworld where the dead dwell. The coin is minted with an exceptional High Relief technique. In combination with the high relief, the Antique Finish enhances the majesty and greatness of 2oz precious .999 Silver Coin. Mintage 1.000 pieces!

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Hel was the Goddess of death and the Underworld in Norse mythology. She is often a misunderstood Goddess as many Goddesses of the Underworld are. She is said to be the daughter of Loki, a trickster God of the Norse, and a Giantess. Her body was seen as half dead and half alive. Some say that part of of her body was beautiful while the other was horrid like death. To me this symbolizes the light and dark aspects within all of us.
Her namesake comes from the realm she ruled which was Helheim, one of the nine worlds of Norse mythology. It was thought that those who died of disease or old age, went to Helheim and those who died victoriously in battle went to Valhalla. Hel is also the judge of souls to determine where in Helheim they will go. Those who were evil in life go to a realm of icy cold death, this part of Helheim is where the Christian "Hell" comes from. Where souls would be damned for an eternity.
The others entering her realm who died of natural causes, disease, etc., were watched over by Hel and given a chance for rebirth. The world of Hel, it is sometimes called, is similar to that of the Greek Underworld, where there were also different realms within it. Like Tartarus was the place were the evil dead would go, and The Elysian fields were a beautiful place where to good would go, and these souls also had a chance for rebirth.

  • CountryCook Islands
  • Year2015
  • Face Value10 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)62.2 (2 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)38.61
  • QualityAntique Finish
  • Mintage (pcs)1.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

The coin's reverse depicts Hel, with one hand ready for war. Hel is pictured as being half-alive and half-dead. She sets in judgement of souls which have not been able to go to Asgard's many halls. If you do not die in battle, chances are you will find yourself in Her realm. Hel is not death nor any evil being; she neither kills nor torments. She takes the souls of the departed and holds them with an inexorable grip. She is the hard reality which lies at the end of all things. On top coin the inscription "NORSE GODS" and on bottom "HEL". The coin's obverse depicts the effigy of Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II, the issue year, the face value and the issue country.