The last in the Perth Mints Goddesses of Olympus range features the antithesis of the last coins Greek Goddess of war, Athena with a head on over to the realm of love and its own goddess, Aphrodite. Known to the Romans as Venus, Aphrodite is often broken into two serperate entities, Aphrodite Ourania, the celestial Aphrodite, born from the sea foam after Cronus castrated Uranus, and Aphrodite Pandemos, the common Aphrodite “of all the folk”, born from the union of Zeus and Dione. Among the neo-Platonists and, later, their Christian interpreters, Aphrodite Ourania is associated with spiritual love, and Aphrodite Pandemos with physical love (desire).
This is the sixth coin in this style to be released by the Perth Mint, and the last of the three making up the Goddesses series. The Gods series covered the three big guns of Greek mythology, Zeus, Poseidon and Hades. The Goddesses series will also encompass three coins; Hera, Athena, and now Aphrodite. Like the previous five releases, these are Tom Vaughan designed, rimless, 20z, antique-finish coins. The format since was closely mimicked by Scottsdale with its epic Bible series of ten sets of six coins to be released over the next decade, and in our view it’s actually a really fine format for the genre.
These have all appreciated on the secondary market, some quite heavily, although not to the high levels that the first coin in the gods series, Zeus did, and we see no reason this one won’t also rise. The artwork is liked by the majority who love the stylistic design as offering something new for the genre, but like all ground-breakers, a few aren’t so keen. It’s different, and as you all know, we consider different approaches to design essential to maintain interest in modern numismatics. The subject matter has exploded in popularity since the series debuted in early 2014, reaching new peaks of design and quality in the process.
As beautifully packaged in the custom wooden box the series has become known for, Aphrodite is available now for AU$179.00 on the Perth Mint website, which is reachable by clicking the button at the bottom of the article.