ESSEDARIUS Gladiators 2 Oz Silver Coin 5$ Solomon Islands 2017

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This beautiful 2 Oz Silver coin is part of the “Gladiators” series and features the Essedarius, probably the most lethal role among the warriors of the Colosseum, thanks to his chariot and horses. 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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Country Solomon Islands
Year 2017
Face Value 5 Dollars
Metal Silver
Fineness (purity) 999/1000
Weight (g) 62.2 (2 oz)
Diameter (mm) 38.61
Quality Antique Finish
Mintage (pcs) 1.000
Certificate (COA) Yes
Presentation case (box) Yes
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An essedarius was a type of gladiator in Ancient Rome who fought from a chariot. There may have been just one man in the chariot, or two, a driver and a fighter. The word is also used of charioteers in other instances, such as in Caesar's Gallic War, in his campaign against Cassivellaunus in Britain. They normally fought with a spear and a sword as a side-arm but sometimes also had a small shield for defence. They charged their opponent with their chariot until the opposing gladiator was either impaled by the spear, trampled by the horses, or run over by the wheels of the chariot. They were relatively hard to defeat due to the speed of the chariot, but once the wheels were taken out they were easy to kill, if they didn't know how to ride a horse. It was a common tactic that if their chariot was broken they used one of the horses from the chariot as a mount.


The reverse of the coin depicts two Essedarius warriors side by side, leaving a cloud of dust behind them and waiting for the right moment and distance to attack. On top of the reverse, the inscription: “GLADIATORS” – the name of the series and on the bottom, the inscription: “ESSEDARIUS” – 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.

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