The Germania Mint continues its jaunt through the semi-historical Germania of Roman times, with the second issue in its ‘Valkyries’ subseries. Alongside Germania, Allegories, Mythical Forest, and Germania Beasts, Valkyries takes elements of the old Germanic legends and brings them to numismatic life. The first in this subseries was Hildegard (which because of my own idiocy, didn’t get covered), and the second one we see here is Ostara.
Symbolising spring, dawn, growth and the blooming of flora, Ostara morphed into what we now call Easter. The goddess of victory over life, she is depicted on the coin in traditional garb, wearing a floral headband, and sporting a Berkanan rune around her neck (symbolising vitality and regeneration, female fertility and beauty). We love the stag to her right, almost looking like it’s photobombing! Overall, it carries the Germania Mint’s style perfectly, and it’s an attractive piece, designed by Mateusz Frąckowiak. It’s enhanced by that pretty obverse, which is largely carried over from Hildegard, but with the wolf replaced by the stag. There are also a pair of enhanced, coloured variants, which we’ll look at another time.