1001 Nights – Shahrazad Fairy Tales 1001g Silver Coin
The Thousand and One Nights is a collection of largely Middle eastern and Indian stories of uncertain date and authorship whose tales of Aladdin, Ali Baba and Sinbad the Sailor have almost become part of Western folklore.
As in much medieval European literature, the stories – fairy tales, romances, legends, fables, parables, anecdotes and exotic or realistic adventures are set within a framed story. Its scene is Central Asia or “the islands or peninsula of India and China, “where King Shahryar, after discovering that during his absences his wife has been regularly unfaithful, kills her and those with whom she has betrayed him.
Then, loathing all womankind, he marries and kills a new wife each day until no more candidates can be found. His vizier, however, has two daughters and the elder, Shahrazad, having devised a scheme to save herself and others, insists that he father give her in marriage to the king. Each evening she tells a story, leaving it incomplete and promisingh to finish it the following night.
The stories are so entertaining, and the king so eager to hear the end, that he puts off her execution from day to day and finally abandons his cruel plan.
- Metal: 999 Fine Silver
- Finish: BU high relief enamelled & polished finish
- Year of Issue: 2016
- Mintage: 300
- Diameter: 100 mm
- Weight: 1001 g
- Certificate of Authenticity: Yes
- Issuing Mint: Struck by PAMP for Modern Numismatics International
The reverse of the coin depicts in the foreground the legendary queen and the storyteller of “One Thousand and One Nights” – the beautiful Scheherazade, in Pure Silver. In the background, in full color: Aladin’s Wonderful Lamp, Sinbad the Sailor, Scheherazade and the King, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves – most of the tales best known in the West. In the top of the coin, the inscription: “1001 Nights” – the name of the coin.
Issued as legal tender under the authority of Niue, the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The monetary denomination, and the 2016 year-date are shown on the coin’s obverse.
Attractively boxed with accompanying certificate of authenticity.