Gargoyles are figures that have graced buildings from the ancient world through to the 20th century. The ancient Egyptians and Greeks placed gargoyles on temples to ward off evil spirits and even aid in removing water from the structures by constructing spouts in the mouths. Some of the most recently built gargoyles are those which adorn structures in the United States such as the National Cathedral in Washington DC and university campuses from Duke to Princeton. Right now, 2 oz Silver Gargoyle Rounds are available to purchase online at Silver.com.
- Ships to you inside of protective plastic flips or mint tubes of 10 rounds!
- First design in the new Gargoyles of the World collection!
- Consists of Two Troy ounces of .999 fine silver.
- The obverse field features one of the many different gargoyles on the exterior of Notre Dame in Paris.
- On the reverse side is the common design element with “Gargoyles of the World” inscribed.
Each of the 2 oz Silver Gargoyle Rounds available to you in this product listing comes in Brilliant Uncirculated condition. These silver rounds are offered individually inside of protective plastic flips or within mint tubes of 10 rounds each. This is the lead-off design in a new series focusing on the grotesque creatures that adorn structures around the globe.
Although gargoyles originated in concept during the ancient era, they came into popular use in Europe during the Medieval period. One of the first examples of this era was the Laon Cathedral in France built between 1200 and 1220. Perhaps the most famous example of gargoyles come from the cathedral at Notre Dame in Paris, France.
The obverse side of these 2 oz Silver Gargoyle Rounds includes an image of one of the many different types of gargoyles to adorn the exterior façade of Notre Dame. This particular gargoyle offers an eerie similarity to ancient depictions of the devil. The horned figure has a long, narrow beard from its chin and gazes out menacingly at the cityscape of Paris with the Eiffel Tower featuring prominently in the landscape.
Gargoyles were often used as literal downspouts on the exterior of buildings helping to funnel rainwater off the roof. When used on churches such as Notre Dame, there were typically dueling ideas behind their presence. Some suggest the gargoyles represent the evil of the outside world juxtaposed against the sanctity and purity of the church. Others believe the gargoyles help to keep evil at bay to protect those in the church.
On the reverse face of 2 oz Gargoyle Rounds is a share design element. The phrase “Gargoyles of the World” is included in the center of the design field with a gothic-inspired stained-glass window frame design serving as the background. Look closely and you’ll notice the gargoyle perched on the letter “O” in “Gargoyles.”
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