Poseidon may rule the sea, but he now shines in silver as well.
The Perth Mint on June 3 (June 2 in North America) launched the
second high relief Antique Proof silver coin in the Gods of Olympus
series. Poseidon, the god of the sea, is the newest subject.
The coin’s reverse, by designer Tom Vaughan, depicts a bearded
Poseidon riding the waves on his chariot pulled by two hippocampi,
clutching his trident, with dolphins porposing in the background. The
design includes the inscription POSEIDON and the Perth Mint’s P Mint
mark (found at the nine o'clock position).
The coin’s obverse portrays the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen
Elizabeth II, the denomination and the 2014 year-date.
To capture the depth and detail of the design, the coin is struck in
high relief to a rimless format.
In ancient Greek mythology, Poseidon was worshipped as the god of
the sea. Adept at gathering clouds and creating violent storms,
Poseidon was judged responsible for countless shipwrecks and the
drowning of many souls, yet he also held the power to grant a ship a
successful voyage, and to save those in danger. He is also often
referred to as the “earth-shaker” due to his penchant for causing earthquakes.
The new 2-ounce .999 fine silver $2 coin is struck for Tuvalu and
follows the rapid sellout of the first coin in the series, which
honors Zeus. The Zeus coins are trading for near $500 U.S. in the
secondary market, and the Poseidon coins are expected to sell out
their 1,500 mintage limit as well.
The third issue will honor Hades, but no release date has been provided.
The coins weigh 62.27 grams, measure 40.5 millimeters in diameter
and are 6 millimeters thick.
The coins retail for $179 Australian.
To order from Perth Mint, visit its website.
Distributor Talisman Coins offers the coins to collectors in North
America for $249.95 U.S. To order from Talisman, visit the firm’s website or telephone the firm toll free at 888-552-2646.