Mythical Creatures – Sphinx
The Sphinx appears on the tenth silver coin of the Czech Mint from the Mythical Creatures collector’s series.
The one who is mysterious, silent and patient is said to be like the Sphinx. No wonder. For Egypt’s most famous statue, with the face of a man and the body of a lion, stubbornly refuses to give up its secrets. It’s four and a half thousand years old, and what it was used for and who it represents is still disputed. While Egyptian Sphinxes probably protected temples, burial grounds and royal palaces from desecration, in Greek mythology the Sphinx was a cruel and tame creature. Her parents were the stocky giant Typhon and Echidna, who was half woman and half serpent. The Sphinx had the head and chest of a naked woman, the body of a lion, the tail of a snake and the wings of an eagle., She gave riddles to travelers by order of the goddess Hera. Anyone who did not guess, she would tear apart, but her own destiny was to die when someone solved her riddle…
the Sphinx in her Greek form sits on the reverse side of the coin and it is with the English inscription SPHINX. It is not without interest that the mintage does not have a classic coin frame – instead, the relief is surrounded by decorative Hellenistic ornaments that permeate the entire collecting cycle.
As the coins of the Czech Mint are published with the foreign license of the island of Niue, their obverse side bears the name and portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, the nominal value of 2 DOLLARS (NZD) and the year of issue 2022.
Presented in a small coin box with an enclosed certificate of authenticity. A collector’s book is offered where you can store all twelve silver coins from the collection Mythical Creatures contact us if you would like us to get this in for you.