NEMEAN LION Twelve Labours of Hercules 2 Oz Silver Coin 5$ Niue 2018

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This beautiful 2 Oz Silver coin is the first release in the new “Twelve Labours of Hercules” series, dedicated to one of the Twelve Labours - Nemean Lion. The coin features an incredible Gold plating, has a great High Relief, has an Antique Finish quality and comes in a themed case, along with the Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage to only 500 pieces worldwide!

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Specifications
Country Niue
Year 2018
Face Value 5 Dollars
Metal Silver
Fineness (purity) 999/1000
Weight (g) 62.2 (2 oz)
Diameter (mm) 45
Quality Antique Finish
Mintage (pcs) 500
Certificate (COA) Yes
Presentation case (box) Yes
 
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Nemean Lion
The Nemean lion was a vicious monster in Greek mythology that lived at Nemea. It was eventually killed by Heracles. It could not be killed with mortals' weapons because its golden fur was impervious to attack. Its claws were sharper than mortals' swords and could cut through any armor. Today, lions are not part of the Greek fauna. The Asiatic lion subspecies formerly ranged in southeastern Europe. According to Herodotus, lion populations were extant in Ancient Greece, until around 100 BC when they became extinct. The lion is usually considered to have been the offspring of Typhon (or Orthrus) and Echidna; it is also said to have fallen from the moon as the offspring of Zeus and Selene, or alternatively born of the Chimera. The Nemean lion was sent to Nemea in the Peloponnesus to terrorize the city. The first of Heracles' twelve labours, set by King Eurystheus (his cousin) was to slay the Nemean lion. According to one version of the myth, the Nemean lion took women as hostages to its lair in a cave near Nemea, luring warriors from nearby towns to save the damsel in distress. After entering the cave, the warrior would see a woman (usually feigning injury) and rush to her side. Once he was close, the woman would turn into a lion and kill the warrior, devouring his remains and giving the bones to Hades.

 
Design

The reverse of the coin depicts the wonderful image of Hercules fighting against the Nemean Lion, wich features an incredible gilded head. On top of the reverse, the inscription: “NEMEAN LION” – the name of the coin. The obverse of the coin depicts the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, surrounded by the Twelve Labours of Hercules. All around the obverse, the inscriptions: “TWELVE LABOURS OF HERCULES” – the name of the series, “ELIZABETH II” – the name of the Queen, “5 DOLLARS” – the face value, “2018” – the year of issue and “NIUE” – the issuing country.

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