The phrase “Memento Mori” is a popular Medieval Latin Christian theory that prompts one to reflect on mortality, especially in the face of arrogance and vanity in the earthly world. To some Roman generals, it is said this reminder was particularly applicable. In the new Latin Allure Series, Intaglio Mint brings a stunning design to illustrate this life lesson. Today, 2 oz Silver Memento Mori Rounds are available to you online at Silver.com.
- Ships to you in a protective plastic flip!
- First design in the Latin Allure Series!
- Consists of Two Troy ounces of .999 fine silver.
- Obverse bears a human skull surrounded by the phrase “Memento Mori.”
- Reverse features an apocalyptic rider with the popular phrase “Carpe Diem.”
From Intaglio Mint, the new Latin Allure Series starts with a reminder that all life is fleeting, even for the seemingly invincible. Combining the phrase “Memento mori” and “Carpe Diem,” the designs on the new 2 oz Silver Memento Mori Round remind us all that life is fragile and none can escape the grip of death.
It is said that during the heights of Roman power, generals returning from campaigns or important battles with a victory in their pocket would parade around the city to celebrate the win. The accolades, congratulations, and love from the crowd would swell the heart and mind of the general, often resulting in an intense arrogance.
The phrase “Memento mori” is Latin and is rumored to have been uttered to masters by slaves in a low voice to remind them that “you too will die.” This brave act by a slave served as a reminder that even though the general was victorious this time, death comes for us all at some point.
On the obverse of the 2 oz Silver Memento Mori Round is a dark depiction of life’s fragile existence. There is a cracked human skull fixed to the center of the design with an ornate background field that includes a crowned skull at 12 o’clock ascending into heaving, and an hour glass at 6 o’clock reminding us that time is precious. At 3 and 9 o’clock are extinguished candles and a dice rolled to seven.
The reverse of the Silver Memento Mori Rounds reminds all that death is coming, and encouraging all to seize the day with the well-known Latin phrase “Carpe diem.” The apocalyptic skeleton rider is on his fearsome mount riding after unknown individuals with a spiked flail in hand ready to cut them down.
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