SHIELD OF ATHENA Aegis Mythology 2 Oz Silver Coins 10$ Cook Islands 2018

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This wonderful 2 Oz Silver coin is the second issue in the “Mythology” series, dedicated to some of the most famous mythological objects. In this edition – the Shield of Athena. The coin features the Smartminting technology, has a great design and comes packaged in an attractive case, along with the Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage to 999 pcs worldwide.

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Specifications
Country Cook Islands
Year 2018
Face Value 10 Dollars
Metal Silver
Fineness (purity) 999/1000
Weight (g) 62.2 (2 oz)
Diameter (mm) 38.61
Quality Antique Finish
Mintage (pcs) 999
Certificate (COA) Yes
Presentation case (box) Yes
 
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Shield of Athena - aegis
The aegis, as stated in the Iliad, is carried by Athena and Zeus, but its nature is uncertain. It had been interpreted as an animal skin or a shield, sometimes bearing the head of a Gorgon. There may be a connection with a deity named Aex or Aix, a daughter of Helios and a nurse of Zeus or alternatively a mistress of Zeus. The aegis of Athena is referred to in several places in the Iliad. “It produced a sound as from a myriad roaring dragons (Iliad, 4.17) and was borne by Athena in battle ... and among them went bright-eyed Athene, holding the precious aegis which is ageless and immortal: a hundred tassels of pure gold hang fluttering from it, tight-woven each of them, and each the worth of a hundred oxen”.

 
Design

The reverse of the coin presents the wonderful Shield of Athena, which depicts the incredibly detailed head of Medusa, over a background with Athena in the Olympus. On the bottom of the reverse, the inscription: “Aegis” – the name of the shield. On the top, the inscription: “Shield of Athena” – the name of the coin. The obverse of the coin portrays the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the inscriptions: “ELIZABETH II” – the name of the Queen, “10 DOLLARS” – the face value, “COOK ISLANDS” – the issue country and “2018” – the year of issue.

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