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OEDIPUS AND SPHINX Greek Myths 2 Oz Silver Coin 10$ Niue 2016


This interesting Silver coin is the first of the series “Greek Myths” and is dedicated to Oedipus and Sphinx of the greek mythology. This 2 Oz coin has a Proof quality and is selectively plated with Rhodium and Gold. Will be shipped in an attractive case, along with the Certificate of Authenticity. Very limited mintage to only 299 pieces worldwide.

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Oedipus and Sphinx
Oedipus was a king in Greek mythology, ruling over the city of Thebes. He was the son of King Laius and Queen Jocasta. Not knowing, he married his mother and had four children with her, Polynices, Eteocles, Antigone, and Ismene. On his way there, he came across King Laius, his biological father, on a chariot, as he was on his way to the Oracle once again. Oedipus and Laius' charioteer started quarreling over who had the right of way. The quarrel ended up with Oedipus killing the charioteer and his father, thus unknowingly fulfilling the first half of his prophecy. Later, he met a monster called Sphinx, who plagued the region of Thebes, destroying crops and killing travellers who did not answer its questions. The Sphinx asked Oedipus the same question it asked the rest; what walks on four feet in the morning, two in the afternoon, and three at night? No one had ever answered the question correctly before, and the Sphinx had killed and eaten all of them. Oedipus thought carefully and eventually gave the correct answer; man, who crawls on all fours as a baby; he walks on two legs as an adult; and needs a walking stick when old. The Sphinx, not bearing that its riddle had been answered correctly, killed itself by falling off the rock it was sitting on.

  • CountryNiue
  • Year2016
  • Face Value10 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)62.2 (2 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)50
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)299
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
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The reverse of the coin depicts the legendary Oedipus and Sphinx. The greek king seems calm, standing in front of the Sphinx and watching her. In Greek mythology, the Sphinx was considered to be a woman. The mythical creature has the head of a human and the body of a lion. All around the reverse a beautiful greek symbol. The coin’s obverse depicts the Queen Elizabeth II, “Niue” – the issue country, “10 Dollars” – the face value, “2016” – issue year and “2 Oz Ag 999” – the weight and the fineness of Silver”.