2022 Niue BACCHUS - Twelve Olympians Gilt $5 Silver Coin MS 70
The link between culture and pleasure that has survived to this day can be credited to Bacchus. In the old myths, Bacchus is one of the most popular gods because he stood for ideas that were close to the common people: he was a patron of the theatre, he loved peace, and was a guardian of civilisation & law. Bacchus’ symbols – trees, grapevines, domestic animals – were often featured in festivals, and this quickly led to a kind of cult that we still associate with the free spirit, wine, and ecstatic mood.
Thus, the reverse of the collectible aged silver coin ‘Bacchus’ is full of the motifs attributed to this god: entwined vines and ripe bunches of grapes that symbolise the harvest & fertility, a festive drinking cup which reminds us of the intoxicating ecstasy, and the god’s beatific smile that adorned his face as he spent his time with the common people… This gold-plated piece of art is fascinating not only for its intricate details, but also because of the technological solutions applied: the high relief of the coin is decorated using a new surface treatment technique – antique gilding. The obverse features a portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
This coin, which symbolizes the power and majesty of a god, is sure to find a place in your numismatic collection.
Denomination: 5 Dollars
Issuing Country: Niue
Weight: 2 oz
Additions: High Relief, Gilding
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