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This startling Creatures of Greek Mythology – Gorgon 1 oz Silver Coin is the fourth coin to be released in this coin collection.
The Gorgon were three mythical monsters, who lived in the west near the setting sun. Their names were Stheno (strength), Euryale (far roaming) and most famous of them all, Medusa (ruler). Legend tells that Medusa was once a beautiful maiden who was transformed by the Goddess Athena into a monster, as punishment for sleeping with Poseidon in her temple. In an effort to have the young hero Perseus killed, King Polydectes commanded him to take Medusa’s head. With the help of Athena, the hero gained victory over the creature. It was said the hair of the Gorgon was made of venomous writhing snakes. Anyone who gazed into their eyes would be turned to stone. Due to this, images of the Gorgon were often placed on temples, shields and coins for protection.
The design shows an engraved illustration of the terrifying female Gorgon creatures with hair made of writhing venomous snakes. The Gorgon were three monsters in Greek mythology who lived in the west, near the setting sun. The word ‘Gorgon’ derives from the ancient Greek word gorgós, which means “dreadful. Their names were Stheno (‘strength’), Euryale (‘far roaming’), and the most famous of them all, Medusa (‘ruler’).
These features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Country of Issue – Niue.
This stunning coin is packaged in a brown, faux-suede soft drawstring bag, styled after ancient Greek money pouches. The coin sits in an especially designed pocket within the money pouch and the Certificate of Authenticity is printed on the inside of the packaging.