The second release from "Jellyfish"...
This beautiful Silver coin is part of the new “Gladiators” series and features the Secutor, one of the most feared roles among the warriors of the Colosseum. The coin has an exceptional High Relief, an Antique Finish quality and comes packaged in an attractive case, along with the Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage to 1.000 pcs worldwide.
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Availability date: 04/10/2017
A secutor was a class of gladiator in ancient Rome. Thought to have originated around 50 AD, the secutor (follower or chaser) was armed similarly to the Murmillo gladiator, and like the Murmillo, was protected by heavy armor. A secutor usually carried a short sword, a gladius, or a dagger. The secutor was specially trained to fight a retiarius, a type of lightly armoured gladiator armed with a trident and net. The very distinctive helmet of the secutor had only two small eye-holes, in order to prevent a retiarius's trident from being thrust through the face, as well as a rounded top, so as not to get caught in a net. The flanges protecting his neck were smooth and shaped like fish fins for this purpose. Because of the weight and lack of space in the helmet, the secutor had to win quickly, lest he fall to exhaustion or faint due to breath constrictions. The secutor wore a loincloth, and a wide belt (much like that of the retiarius). On his right arm, he wore a manica (a heavy linen or metal wrapping tied with leather thongs), and on his left leg, he wore an ocrea (a greave made of boiled leather or metal). He also carried a scutum (a curved rectangular shield) to protect himself.
The reverse of the coin depicts a Secutor, one of the most important roles in the Colosseum arena, who had the duty of reducing the distance between him and the gladiators with longer range weapons. On top of the reverse, the inscription: “GLADIATORS” – the name of the series and on the bottom, the inscription: “SECUTOR” – the name of the coin. The obverse of the coin depicts the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the inscriptions: “ELIZABETH II” – the name of the Queen, “5 DOLLARS” – the face value, “SOLOMON ISLANDS” – the issue country, “2 Oz Ag 999” – the weight of the coin and the fineness of the Silver and “2017” – the year of issue.