This beautiful 2 Oz Silver coin is the second issue in the new “Mythological Animals” series dedicated to some of the scariest mythological beasts. In this edition – the Griffin. The coin features the Smartminting technology, has a wonderful design, has a Proof quality and comes in a case, along with the Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage to only 499 pieces worldwide.
The griffin, griffon, or gryphon is a legendary creature with the body, tail, and back legs of a lion; the head and wings of an eagle; and an eagle's talons as its front feet. Because the lion was traditionally considered the king of the beasts and the eagle the king of birds, the griffin was thought to be an especially powerful and majestic creature. The griffin was also thought of as king of all creatures. Griffins are known for guarding treasure and priceless possessions. In Greek and Roman texts, griffins and Arimaspians were associated with gold. Indeed, in later accounts, “griffins were said to lay eggs in burrows on the grounds and these nests contained gold nuggets”. Adrienne Mayor, a classical folklorist, proposes that the griffin was an ancient misconception derived from the fossilized remains of the Protoceratops found in gold mines in the Altai mountains of Scythia, in present-day southeastern Kazakhstan, or in Mongolia, though this hypothesis has been strongly contested as it ignores pre-Mycenaean accounts. In antiquity it was a symbol of divine power and a guardian of the divine.
The reverse of the coin presents the wonderful image of the mythological Griffin, a creature with half body of an eagle and the other half of a lion. On the bottom of the reverse, the inscription: “GRIFFIN” – the name of the coin. On the top, the inscription: “2018” – the year of issue. The obverse of the coin depicts the Coat of Arms of Tanzania and the inscriptions: “TANZANIA” – the issue country and “1500 SHILLINGS” – the face value.
|Weight (g)||2 oz (62.2 g)|
|Presentation case (box)||Yes|
|Special Features|| |
Ultra high smartminting relief.
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