This wonderful 2 Oz Silver coin is the first release in the new and exciting “Demigods” series, dedicated to Achilles, a Greek hero of the Trojan War. The coin presents wonderful and detailed Ultra High Reliefs, features a genuine Hematite insert
In Greek mythology, Achilles or Achilleus was a Greek hero of the Trojan War and the central character and greatest warrior of Homer's Iliad. His mother was the immortal Nereid Thetis, and his father, the mortal Peleus, was the king of the Myrmidons. Achilles' most notable feat during the Trojan War was the slaying of the Trojan hero Hector outside the gates of Troy. Although the death of Achilles is not presented in the Iliad, other sources concur that he was killed near the end of the Trojan War by Paris, who shot him in the heel with an arrow. Later legends (beginning with a poem by Statius in the 1st century AD) state that Achilles was invulnerable in all of his body except for his heel because, when his mother Thetis dipped him in the river Styx as an infant, she held him by one of his heels. Alluding to these legends, the term “Achilles heel” has come to mean a point of weakness, especially in someone or something with an otherwise strong constitution.
The reverse of the coin features the wonderful high relief image of Achilles killing Hector with his sword outside the gates of Troy. Hector is holding a shield with an incredible Hematite insert. All around the reverse, the inscriptions: “DEMIGODS” – the name of the series and “ACHILLES” – the name of the coin. The obverse of the coin features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the inscriptions: “ELIZABETH II” – the name of the Queen, “NIUE ISLANDS” – the issuing country, “2017” – the year of issue and “TWO DOLLARS” – the face value.
|Weight (g)||2 oz (62.2 g)|
|Mintage pcs||Only 650 pcs. worldwide|
|Presentation case (box)||Yes|
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