5 oz 2022 Saint Helena Goddess Hera Proof Silver Coin | East India Company
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The 5 oz 2022 Goddess Hera silver proof coin is the first release of the new Goddesses Collection released by the East India Company. Hera is one of the twelve principal deities that lived on Mount Olympus in Greek mythology.
- Ships individually in protective packaging
- Consisting of 5 oz of 999 Fine Silver
- Reverse: Features a depiction of the Ancient Greek goddess Hera sitting on a chariot pulled by peacocks, the artist's initials, the inscription "HERA", and the East India Company mint mark
- Obverse: Features an effigy of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II created by Jody Clark, Her name and title initials, the artist's initials, along with the name of the issuing country and legal tender value of the silver coin
The goddess Hera is an important deity of the Ancient Greek pantheon, the Queen of the Gods. She is the wife and sister of the mighty Zeus, which is considered the most important god in the Greek mythology. Hera is the mother of the gods Ares, and Hephaestus. The goddess is known for her beauty, loyalty, as well as temper, anger and vengefulness.
Hera owned some sacred animals: cuckoos, and peacocks (depicted in this coin). One of the ancient myths tells a tale about Zeus falling in love with the priestess Io, which angered Hera. As punishment, Hera turned Io into a cow and gave her to the all-seeing 100-eyed giant Argus. Zeus ordered Hermes to kill Argus and rescue Io, but Hera guessed that in advance and removed the 100 eyes of the giant to prevent him from being hypnotized by Hermes. In addition, Hera placed Argus' eyes on the sacred peacock's tail as a way to honour the giant servant.
ABOUT THE SERIES
The Goddesses Collection consists of a new bullion coin series minted by the East India Company, with the island of Saint Helena as the issuing authority. The collection is inspired by Goddesses of the Greek and Norse mythology, and tells their stories through immersive and complex designs.
ABOUT SAINT HELENA
The tiny, isolated Island of Saint Helena is an unlikely candidate as one of the most significant and influential nations in terms of global trade. Yet, when one looks back and examines our collective history, St. Helena repeatedly comes up as an integral component to global trade and commerce. The Island, which spans an area of mere 17 kilometers in length by 10 kilometers in breadth, was seen as an oasis by explorers and conquerors such as the Dutch, Portuguese, and English, all vying for control of the crucial port of call. By 1658 the British claimed the Island for themselves by making it a fortress and a hub for lucrative expeditions to India, China, and the rest of the eastern world. The company reached unprecedented heights of success, accounting for half of the world’s trade, establishing a monopoly in cotton, silk, salt, spices and tea, among many others, contributing to the vast and enormous wealth of the British empire. The Island, which remains a British colony to this day, was a vital component in the rise of the British empire.
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