Aphrodite joins LPM’s Goddeses of Olympus bullion range in both gold and silver

The latest bullion version of the Perth Mint’s iconic ‘Gods’ series of antiqued numismatics has just debuted, and is the sixth to date. Following the original pattern of release, this is the third and last of the Goddesses of Olympus trilogy, which itself followed the Gods of Olympus threesome. Preceded by Hera and Athena, the latest subject is Aphrodite, the goddess associated with love and beauty.

The design is identical to the original Perth Mint issue from 2015, although this one has a rim, and quite a few more format options to choose from. The big numbers are filled by the straight brilliant uncirculated silver coin, on offer in both 1 oz and 5 oz forms. Sporting considerably lower numbers, are the antiqued silver variants, also in 1 oz and 5 oz form. With just 100 produced, the 1 oz gold coin is the rarity, with only the 5 oz antiqued silver having a smaller mintage.

The obverse is a simple effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, and the coin is issued for Tuvalu. Struck by the Perth Mint, and exclusively distributed by LPM Group, buyers of the series to date, will know exactly what to expect with this one. We’ve not had confirmation yet, but the next trilogy should be based on the 2016 Norse Gods range, if they continue to follow the pattern of release employed to date. Available to order now.


Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of love, beauty, pleasure, and procreation. Her Roman equivalent is the goddess Venus and she is identified with the planet of the same name. As with many ancient Greek deities, there is more than one story about her origins. According to Hesiod’s Theogony, she was born when Cronus cut off Uranus’s genitals and threw them into the sea, and she arose from the sea foam (aphros). According to Homer’s Iliad, she is the daughter of Zeus and Dione. According to Plato (Symposium, 180e), these two origins were of entirely separate entities: Aphrodite Ourania and Aphrodite Pandemos.

Because of her beauty, other gods feared that their rivalry over her would interrupt the peace among them and lead to war, so Zeus married her to Hephaestus, who, because of his ugliness and deformity, was not seen as a threat. Aphrodite had many lovers—both gods, such as Ares, and men, such as Anchises. Aphrodite is also known as Cytherea (Lady of Cythera) and Cypris (Lady of Cyprus) after the two cult sites, Cythera and Cyprus, which claimed to be her place of birth. Myrtle, doves, sparrows, horses, and swans were said to be sacred to her. The ancient Greeks identified her with the Ancient Egyptian goddess Hathor. (Wikipedia)

DENOMINATION $1 TVD (Tuvalu) $1 TVD (Tuvalu) $5 TVD (Tuvalu) $5 TVD (Tuvalu) $100 TVD (Tuvalu)
COMPOSITION 0.9999 silver 0.9999 silver 0.9999 silver 0.9999 silver 0.9999 gold
WEIGHT 31.1 grams 31.1 grams 155.5 grams 155.5 grams 31.1 grams
DIMENSIONS 40.9 mm 40.90 mm 55.90 mm 55.90 mm 32.60 mm
FINISH Brilliant uncirculated Antique Brilliant uncirculated Antique Brilliant uncirculated
MINTAGE 13,500 1,500 450 50 100