The Battle of Thermopylae was brought into the modern consciousness with a stunning feature film entitled 300. This 21st-century film brought the futility and brutality of a battle in which brave Spartan warriors knowingly took on a much greater force to advance the greater good of Greece in defending against a Persian onslaught. Not only did these men fight bravely, they reportedly fought with confident words as well. The 1 oz Silver Molon Labe Round Type II design captures that bravery succinctly and is currently available to purchase at Silver.com.
- Rounds ship to you inside of protective packaging!
- Type II design in the Molon Labe Collection from Intaglio Mint!
- Consists of One Troy ounce of .999 fine silver.
- Obverse depicts a Spartan warrior ready to defend himself in battle with a spear.
- Reverse captures the Intaglio Mint logo.
Leonidas and his Spartan warriors were the fiercest and most accomplished warriors of Ancient Greece. Though outnumbered, the Spartans often overcame forces with superior numbers because of their lifelong pursuit of military tactics. From birth, men in Sparta were raised to fight for Greece.
During the Battle of Thermopylae, Leonidas and his 300 Spartans were the primary defenders of the so-called “hot gates,” a choke point along the road from the east through Sparta to the heart of Greece. Leonidas and his men were offered a chance to live by the Persians if they laid down their arms. His response: “Molon Labe.”
This famed line of defiance from Ancient Greece is found on the obverse of 1 oz Silver Molon Labe Rounds. “Molon Labe” is rumored to be Leonidas’ response to the Persian offer, letting them know that if they wanted the Spartan’s weapons, they could “come and take them.” This design field has a Spartan warrior with his full battle armor and spear ready to defend the hot gates for as long as the Greeks can hold against the Persian press.
On the reverse of 1 oz Silver Molon Labe Rounds is the Intaglio Mint logo. Shaped in the fashion of a Greek or Roman column, the Intaglio Mint logo is centered on a field with a radial sunburst in the background. There is a stippled border around the design field and engravings of the weight, purity, and metal content.
The Intaglio Mint is a small, private mint operated by a crew of precious metal enthusiasts. With decades of experience collecting and investing in precious metals, attention to detail and commitment to unique imagery shines through in all of the designs from Intaglio Mint.
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