The Minotaur Labyrinth coin is the newest offering from the Solomon Islands and is one of the most unique specimens out there. The coin’s design is interactive and based on the Ancient Greek tale of Theseus defeating the Minotaur in the Labyrinth of King Minos of Crete. Now, 2021 1.5 oz Silver Solomon Islands Minotaur Labyrinth Coins are available to you for purchase online at Silver.com.
- Coins ship to you inside protective capsules with a custom presentation box!
- Proof-like visuals!
- Interactive red ball moves through the Labyrinth!
- Mintage limited to 2,000 coins only!
- Consists of 1.5 Troy ounces of .9999 fine silver.
- Issued a face value of $4 by the Solomon Islands.
- The obverse side depicts Queen Elizabeth II in front of an artistic depiction of Theseus battling the Minotaur.
- On the reverse field is the Labyrinth of Crete with a red ball that moves as you move the coin.
- Unique serial numbers.
The story of the Minotaur and the Labyrinth in Crete is one of the most well-known from Ancient Greek mythology. It is said that Daedalus built the Labyrinth for King Minos of Crete, but upon its completion, he was imprisoned within the Labyrinth by King Minos. Daedalus had exercised so much skill in building the Labyrinth that he could barely escape his own creation. In the end, he was only able to get out of the maze using wings he fashioned from feathers and wax.
Within the Labyrinth, King Minos housed the fearsome Minotaur. The Minotaur was a half-man, half-bull creature that was born of a relationship between the wife of King Minos and a white bull gifted to him by the sea god Poseidon. Following wars with the Athenians, King Minos commanded seven young men and seven maidens be sent to Crete as sacrifices for the bull within the Labyrinth. Only the hero Theseus was able to break this repetitive sacrifice by slaying the Minotaur.
The obverse side of 2021 1.5 oz Silver Solomon Islands Minotaur Labyrinth Coins comes with an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II at the center. In the background field, there is an artistic depiction of Theseus in his Athenian armor as he battles the Minotaur. The unique serial number of the coin is found on this side.
On the reverse field of the 2021 Silver Solomon Islands Minotaur Labyrinth Coins is a depiction of the Labyrinth on Crete. The design is a modern re-creation of historic silver coin designs from Classical Antiquity that featured an effigy of the Labyrinth, such as a silver coin from Knossos struck in 400 BCE with the Labyrinth on it.
The reverse side of the coin also includes a unique red ball that is interactive. As you move the coin around in your hand, the ball moves through the Labyrinth. This inclusion is a nod to the classical story of Theseus’ survival in the Labyrinth. It was said that he survived the Labyrinth by not only defeating the Minotaur, but using a red ball of string to chart his course into the heart of the Labyrinth so he could find his way back out.
2021 1.5 oz Silver Solomon Islands Minotaur Labyrinth Coins are set in capsules with a custom presentation box. The box houses the coin in a velvet-lined setting with graphic art on the cover reflective of the obverse background field.
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