2023 1 oz Proof Silver Cook Islands Sparta Coins - Silver.com™
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2023 1 oz Proof Silver Cook Islands Sparta Coins

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Although its legend as a military superpower of the ancient world has been long-lived, the Greek city-state of Sparta’s time as a major military power was relatively brief, emerging during wars with neighboring city-states and in particular against Athens and Achaemenid Persia. Even when Sparta’s power was eclipsed as larger empires came along and its traditional hoplite warfare was outmaneuvered, the city was able to reinvent itself as a living museum of its own martial culture during the Roman Empire, ensuring that legends of its invincibility lived on for posterity. The strength of those legends is commemorated by the 2023 1 oz Silver Proof Cook Islands Sparta Coin, on offer from Silver.com.

Coin Highlights:

  • Arrives in its original mint capsule with a Certificate of Authenticity!
  • Issued in 2023!
  • Limited mintage of only 1,500 coins!
  • Consists of One Troy ounce of .9999 fine silver.
  • Face value of $5 (NZD) as legal tender of the Cook Islands.
  • Obverse side features Helen of Troy beneath an effigy of the late Queen Elizabeth II.
  • Reverse side shows Spartan hoplites arrayed for battle.

The 2023 Silver Proof Cook Islands Sparta Coin features the brilliant, mirror-like backgrounds of a proof-quality coin, accentuating its detailed engraved artwork. It ships with a Certificate of Authenticity in its original mint capsule.

Sparta’s towering reputation as the leading military power of its day would not have been possible without genuine achievements on the battlefield, but also grew into the dimensions of legend thanks to the city-state’s skill at propaganda and genuine belief in its own mythic destiny. Like many other city-states, it traced its heritage back to a hero descended from Zeus — in its case Lacedaemon — and laid claim to prominent deeds during the mythical Trojan War. Sparta in fact laid claim to the rescue of Helen of Troy and to the exalted destiny of leadership, especially in warfare, that it implied.

The reverse side of this coin shows Spartan hoplites paired with a modern reimagining of the Greek princess Helen. This is accompanied by the inscription “Sparta” and a decorative background of fortifications and abstract motifs.

The obverse side features a classical depiction of “Helen Returning in a Quadriga,” the famous episode of her rescue from the Trojans. The late Elizabeth II appears in effigy in any inset above, along with the inscriptions “Elizabeth II,” “5 Dollars,” “Cook Islands” and “2023.”

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Additional information

Weight 1.00000 oz

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Year:  2023

Mint Mark:  Not Shown

Purity:  .999

Diameter:  38.61 mm

Condition:  Proof

Face Value:  $5

Issuing Country:  Cook Islands

Edge Design:  Reeded

Mintage:  1,500

Packaging Type:  Presentation Packaging

Weight:  1 Troy Ounce

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