Tarot cards — once known as trionfi, tarocchi, or tarock cards — were the first known playing cards to be introduced into Europe in the 15th century. From the earliest days, though, the cards always had some allegorical meaning associated with them, and over time the Tarot became more and more identified with cartomancy, the use of “readings” to divine one’s destiny. That rich allegorical tradition is commemorated by the 2022 1 oz Silver Niue Tarot Cards The Lovers Coin from the New Zealand Mint.
- Comes in luxurious customized box packaging with a book-like design!
- Issued in 2022, part of the New Zealand Mint’s The Tarot series!
- Limited mintage of only 2,000 coins worldwide!
- Consists of One Troy ounce of .999 Fine Silver.
- Face value of $2 (NZD) issued by Niue.
- Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
- Obverse side features a profile effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.
- Reverse side features colorized artwork of The Lovers Tarot card.
The 2022 Silver Niue Tarot Cards The Lovers Coin commemorates a key part of the allegorical and occult Tarot tradition with detailed artwork, rich color, an unusual rectangular design, and elegant box packaging. The luxury box is navy-blue and designed to open like a book, revealing the coin, a summary account of The Lovers’ traditional meaning, and a Certificate of Authenticity that specifies the piece’s unique place in the mintage. Silver.com ships this item fully insured against any possibility of loss or damage.
What makes the Tarot deck distinctive is the extensive sets of trump cards, heavily imbued with symbolic significance, called the Major Arcana that come apart from the four suits of the Minor Arcana. The sixth card in the Major Arcana is The Lovers, a card that as usual with the Tarot has meaning beyond the obvious. The Lovers represent choices about how to relate to oneself and others, or they can reveal an inner struggle to make such choices, and overall they challenge the subject of a Tarot reading to focus on their beliefs and values.
On the coin’s obverse side is a legal tender effigy of Queen Elizabeth II designed by Ian Rank-Broadley. It’s joined by the inscriptions “ELIZABETH II,” “NIUE,” “2022,” and “2 DOLLARS” and surrounded by an intricate border.
The coin’s reverse side shows The Lovers as mermaids frolicking in the sea and surrounded by lily pads, a colorized image framed within a heart-shaped background. The image is surrounded by an abstract geometric border and accompanied by the inscriptions “VI” and “THE LOVERS.”
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