THREE GRACES 2020 UK Two-Ounce Silver Proof Coin
Great Engravers Series
In Greek mythology, a Charis or Grace is one of three or more goddesses of charm, beauty, nature, human creativity, goodwill, and fertility, together known as the Charites or Graces. The usual roster, as given in Hesiod, is Aglaea (“Shining”), Euphrosyne (“Joy”), and Thalia (“Blooming”). Hesiod states that Aglaea is the youngest of this group and the wife of Hephaestus. In Roman mythology they were known as the Gratiae, the “Graces”. In some variants, Charis was one of the Charites, who was equated with Aglaea rather than a singular form of the name, as she too is referred to as the wife of Hephaestus.
The Charites were usually considered the daughters of Zeus and Oceanid Eurynome. Rarely, they were said to be daughters of Dionysus and Kronois or of Helios and the Naiad Aegle. Other possible names of their mother by Zeus are Eurydome, Eurymedousa, or Euanthe. Homer identified them as part of the retinue of Aphrodite. The Charites were also associated with the Greek underworld and the Eleusinian Mysteries.
In painting and sculpture, the three Charites or Graces are often depicted naked or almost naked, however, during the Archaic and Classical periods of Greece, they were typically depicted as fully clothed. (Source: Wikipedia)
The Great Engravers Collection continues with The Three Graces, one of the world’s most sought-after coin designs. Skilfully reinterpreted, modern striking techniques breathe new life into William Wyon RA’s early career masterpiece.
On the obverse of the coin we find the Jody Clark effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.
Your GREAT ENGRAVERS: THREE GRACES 2020 UK Two Ounce Silver Proof Coin is presented in a standard Royal Mint box with a themed shipper. A certificate of authenticity & booklet is enclosed.