KALININGRAD Amber Route Road Silver Coin 1$ Niue 2008

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This extraordinary antique finish silver coin, is the first in a new series of 8 tracing the ancient Roman "Amber Road" from the south shore of the Baltic Sea, in northern Europe, all the way to Roman Italy. The Amber Route follows the path of merchants who travelled these areas to buy amber, these travels started as early as the 1st century BC.

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Country Niue
Year 2008
Face Value 1 Dollar
Metal Silver
Fineness (purity) .925
Weight (g) 28.28
Diameter (mm) 38.61
Quality Antique Finish
Mintage (pcs) 10.000
Certificate (COA) Yes
Presentation case (box) No
Weight range Less than 1 oz
In the center of the reverse side of this coin is the inscription for the town of Kaliningrad. Beneath the inscription is the image of a Pugio; a small dagger used as sidearms by Roman soldiers. In the background is an image of Konigsberg Castle, the name sake of the town that became known as Kaliningrad in 1946. In the top right portion of the coin is an image of an ancient coin, the type used to pay for amber in those times, while next to that is a genuine amber insert. At the bottom of the coin in a semi-circle, is the inscription "SZLAK BURSZTYNOWY" (Amber Route).
The coin reverse depicts in the center, a Roman covered wagon pulled by two horses. The bust profile portrait of a Roman legionnaire oversees the transport. In background a map of the Baltic Sea , indicating the coastline and location of Kaliningrad. A profile portrait of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II is depicted on the coin.