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CAVE OF TADRART Elephant Prehistoric Art Cave Painting Silver Coin 1$ Niue 2011


Second coin in the series "Prehistoric Art Cave Painting" dedicated to the caves of Tadrart located in the western desert Lybia, were have been found cave paintings and other elements of life of the Upper Paleolithic.

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Tadrart Acacus
The Acacus Mountains or Tadrart Acacus form a mountain range in the desert of western Libya, part of the Sahara. They are situated east of the Libyan city of Ghat and stretch north from the Algerian border about 100 km. Tadrart means 'mountain' in the native language of the area (Tamahaq language). The area has a particularly rich array of prehistoric rock art.
The area is known for its rock-art and was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985 because of the importance of these paintings and carvings. The paintings date from 12,000 BC to 100 AD and reflect cultural and natural changes in the area. There are paintings and carvings of animals such as giraffes, elephants, ostriches and camels, but also of men and horses. Men are depicted in various daily life situations, for example while making music and dancing.

  • CountryNiue
  • Year2011
  • Face Value1 Dollar
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)925/1000
  • Weight (g)15.57 (1/2 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)35
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)1.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
The image of the paleolitic animal shown on the coin reverse, has a powerful dynamism and lack of definition giving an almost hypnotic and magical character. It seems that the image wants to get out of the rock itself or return inside depending observer perspective. The background faithfully portrays the stone of the cave on which the images were painted . Beside the image, in the right side, we find the name of the series "Prehistoric Art Cave Painting". On the coin obverse we find the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, the country where the coin was minted "Niue" and the year of issue "2011".