Struck on an extra thick 1oz .999...
This interesting 10 Oz Pure Silver coin is dedicated to the Matryoshka, a symbol of Russia and its culture. The coin dimension are 82 × 40 mm and features a special Matryoshka shape. The coin has an intricate decoration and comes in an elegant display case, along with the Certificate of Authenticity. Extremely low mintage to 100 pieces worldwide.
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Availability date: 02/20/2017
The matryoshka doll is a symbol of Russia and its culture. It is truly a doll—a child's plaything—but it began its history just over 100 years ago as a highly collectible art form. The painted image on the dolls is most often a woman wearing traditional Russian costume. The woman is a mother; the names Matryona and Matryoshka were common Russian country names for generations. Both come from the Latin root mater for mother. So matryoshka has come to mean "little mother" based on the idea that the outer or largest doll holds her babies inside like an expectant mother and that each daughter in turn becomes a mother. They are symbols of fertility and motherhood and have a modified egg shape.
The reverse of the coin features the first Russian matryoshka doll created by Russian craftsman Vasily Zvyozdochkin. In the center of the reverse, a woman wearing the traditional Russian costume, symbol for the mother, with a gorgeous coloration and a black rooster in her right hand. The coin’s obverse depicts the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the inscriptions: “Niue Island” – the issue country, “25 Dollars” - the face value, “Elizabeth II” – the name of the Queen and “Ag 999” – the fineness of Silver.