This marvellous 2 Oz Silver coin is the second issue in the new “Strong and Beautiful Goddesses” series, dedicated to the goddesses Athena and Minerva. The coin presents wonderful and detailed Ultra High Reliefs, has a selective Gold plating, has an Antique Finish quality and comes in a wooden case, along with the Certificate of Authenticity
Athene and Minerva
Athena or Athene, often given the epithet Pallas, is an ancient Greek goddess associated with wisdom, handicraft, and warfare, who was later syncretized with the Roman goddess Minerva. Athena was regarded as the patron and protectress of various cities across Greece, particularly the city of Athens, from which she most likely received her name. She is usually shown in art wearing a helmet and holding a spear. Her major symbols include owls, olive trees, snakes, and the Gorgoneion. From her origin as an Aegean palace goddess, Athena was closely associated with the city. She was known as Polias and Poliouchos (both derived from polis, meaning “city-state”), and her temples were usually located atop the fortified Acropolis in the central part of the city. The Parthenon on the Athenian Acropolis is dedicated to her, along with numerous other temples and monuments. As the patron of craft and weaving, Athena was known as Ergane. She was also a warrior goddess, and was believed to lead soldiers into battle as Athena Promachos. Her main festival in Athens was the Panathenaia, which was celebrated during the month of Hekatombaion in midsummer and was the most important festival on the Athenian calendar.
The reverse of the coin features the wonderful high relief image of the goddesses Athena and Minerva with beautiful selective gildings. On top of the reverse, the inscription: “Athena and Minerva” – 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” – the issuing country, “2019” – the year of issue and “5 DOLLARS” – the face value..