2014 Poseidon High Relief Coin Second in Gods of Olympus Series

by Darrin Lee Unser on June 2, 2014 · 4 comments

Featuring a rimless high relief design in an antique finish, the Perth Mint of Australia has released the 2014 Poseidon High Relief 2 oz Silver Coin.

2014 Poseidon High Relief 2 Oz Silver Coin

2014 Poseidon High Relief 2 Oz Silver Coin

The Poseidon coin appears as the second issue in the Perth Mint’s Gods of Olympus series. Maximum mintage is only 1,500, aiding in an expected sell-out.

"In ancient Greek mythology, Poseidon was worshiped as the God of the Sea," describes the Perth Mint in a release. "Adept at gathering clouds and creating violent storms, Poseidon was 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."

That prediction of a quick sell-out is supported by the first program issue, featuring Zeus, which sold out within hours of release. The series is scheduled to end later this year with a third coin depicting Hades.

Poseidon Coin Designs and Specifications

Perth Mint artist Tom Vaughan created the design found on the reverse of the 2014 Poseidon High Relief 2 oz Silver Coin. It depicts a bearded Poseidon holding his trident while riding the waves on his chariot. The chariot is pulled by two hippocampi and dolphins can be seen in the background.

2014 Poseidon High Relief 2 Oz Silver Coin Reverse

2014 Poseidon High Relief 2 Oz Silver Coin Reverse

Adding to the high relief design, POSEIDON is inscribed below. As mentioned, the image is rimless and featured in an antique finish.

The obverse offers Ian Rank-Broadley’s effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. Inscriptions include QUEEN ELIZABETH II, 2 oz 999 SILVER, 2014, 2 DOLLARS and TUVALU. These last inscriptions indicate that the coin is struck as legal tender of the island nation of Tuvalu with a face value of 2 dollars.

2014 Poseidon High Relief 2 Oz Silver Coin - Obverse

2014 Poseidon High Relief 2 Oz Silver Coin – Obverse

Specifications for the coin are as shown below:

Gods of Olympus Poseidon Silver Coin Specifications

Silver Content (Troy oz) 2
Monetary Denomination (TVD) 2
Finish Antique Finish
Fineness (% purity) 99.9
Minimum Gross Weight (g) 62.27
Maximum Diameter (mm) 40.50
Maximum Thickness (mm) 6.00
Maximum Mintage 1,500
Reverse Designer Tom Vaughan
Obverse Designer Ian Rank-Broadley

 

Each coin is presented in a round wooden display case which includes enhanced detail on its lid. A numbered certificate of authenticity is also included.

Pricing is listed as AUS $162.73, or US $150.61. While available, orders may be placed directly with the Perth Mint of Australia via this affiliate link.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Jack June 3, 2014 at 10:02 am

Downies OUT OF STOCK Perth Mint unavailable. Awesome coins!

JOE #2 June 3, 2014 at 12:04 pm

I bought 3 Zeus. Beautiful pieces, But imo I think it needed the capsules..

Jack June 3, 2014 at 12:14 pm

Agreed that they needed capsules. Even folks that aren’t into coins were taken back by my Zeus coin. Of course non-collectors don’t know how to handle them properly and you almost hate to let them touch it. A capsule would be great

Dwight October 12, 2015 at 12:31 am

The Perth Mint $2 Tuvalu high relief 2 troy oz. pure silver coins for the 2014 three Gods of Olympus (Zeus, Poseidon & Hades) as well as the 2015 three Goddesses of Olympus (Hera, Athena & Aphrodite) do not come in coin capsules. Watch the Perth Mint video on YouTube @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lv5p6pVXgBQ . Towards the end of the video @ 1:11, you can see a clear coat being sprayed onto the coins to protect their antique finish. Since these coins are rimless, there is no rim to
stop to a coin capsule from touching their high relief design.

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