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ODIN Norse Gods High Relief 2 Oz Silver Coin 5$ Niue 2016


First silver coin issue of the series "Norse Gods" featuring the mystic Odin, father of all gods, known for his healing skills. The coin is minted with an exceptional Double-Sided Ultra High Relief technique creating a stunning visual effect and remarkable design. Mintage 750 pieces worldwide.

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Odin is one of the most complex and enigmatic characters in Norse mythology, and perhaps in all of world literature. He’s the chief of the Aesir tribe of deities, yet he often ventures far from their kingdom, Asgard, on long, solitary wanderings throughout the cosmos on purely self-interested quests. He’s a relentless seeker after and giver of wisdom, but he has little regard for communal values such as justice, fairness, or respect for law and convention. He’s the divine patron of rulers, and also of outcasts. He’s a war-god, but also a poetry-god, and he has prominent transgender qualities that would bring unspeakable shame to any traditional Norse/Germanic warrior. He’s worshiped by those in search of prestige, honor, and nobility, yet he’s often cursed for being a fickle trickster. What kind of literary figure – let alone a god whose historical worship spanned much of a continent and several centuries – could possibly embody all of these qualities at once, with their apparently glaring contradictions?

  • CountryNiue
  • Year2016
  • Face Value5 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)62.2 (2 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)38.61
  • QualityAntique Finish
  • Mintage (pcs)750
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
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The reverse design, created by world-famous sculptor Heidi Wastweet, shows Odin from the front profile. He wears a winged Norse helmet and distinctive armor while holding his sword blade-down. His beard is grown long and his hair falls to his shoulders. His two ravens, Muninn and Huginn, fly across the design behind Odin while two wolves, Freki and Geri, are seen running in the foreground. A panel against the left rim bears the inscription "ODIN" vertically.
The obverse uses Raphael Maklouf's right-facing portrait of Queen Elizabeth II wearing her royal diadem. The left half of the outer rim is filled by a decorative ornamentation of the Midgard Serpent grabbing his tail in is teeth - also an original design created by Heidi Wastweet. Inscriptions against the right rim include "ELIZABETH II," the issuing country "NIUE," and the denomination "5 DOLLARS." Curling beneath these inscriptions are the weight and purity, "2 TROY OZ .999 FINE SILVER." The edge is plain.