Expected to quickly sell-out, the Perth Mint of Australia just released the 2015 Athena 2 oz Silver High Relief Coin. Found on the reverse is the likeness of Athena, Greek mythology’s goddess of Wisdom.
Limited to just 2,000, this is the second coin issued as part of the Perth Mint’s Goddesses of Olympus series. Program coins are struck with an antique finish and include a rimless design in high relief.
"Athena represented courage, inspiration, law and justice, mathematics, strength, strategy, arts and crafts," describes the Perth Mint. "She was also considered the Goddess of War and a companion of many heroes including Odysseus, Jason and Heracles."
Hera graced the first program issue that appeared in February, and it sold out rapidly. The program follows the Gods of Olympus series which also realized intense demand.
Athena Coin Design and Specifications
On the coin’s reverse or tails side, Athena appears next to an olive tree. In her left hand, there is a large spear. Her right arm and hand holds a shield. Accompanying her are a serpent and an owl. Behind, the Parthenon can be seen as part of ancient Athens. Inscribed underneath the rimless design is the word ATHENA.
The obverse offers Ian Rank-Broadley’s effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. Inscribed around the portrait are QUEEN ELIZABETH II, 2015, 2 oz 999 SILVER and TUVALU 2 DOLLARS. As indicated by the inscription, each is struck as legal tender of Tuvalu. Face value is two dollars.
Specifications for the two-ounce coin include a composition of 99.9% pure silver, a diameter of 40.50 mm and a thickness of 6.00 mm.
To order a 2015 Athena Silver High Relief Coin, visit the Perth Mint of Australia website at www.perthmint.com.au. You may also follow the affiliate link to the Mint’s new coin releases.
Pricing is AUS $162.73, or about US $124.45. Each coin ships with a round wooden display case enhanced with golden details on its lid. An illustrated shipper is also included.