Creatures of Myth & Legend enters Mount Olympus for the god of the seas, Poseidon

Ostensibly a companion series to the excellent lunars issued for the Pacific island of Tokelau by Treasures of Oz, Creatures of Myth and Legend depicted a fantastical creature that fitted in with the lunar animal that year. Capricornus and Aries for the year of the goat, Pegasus and a Unicorn for the year of the horse, it all came to a stop last year when the lunar range was suspended. Keeping the theme but freeing the series from the lunar shackles means it’s back and if the first new coin is a reliable indicator, it will be one to watch for in the future.

A single design, that of Poseidon, trident in hand, riding a magnificent pair of horses, is used for all the variants. There are two gold sizes; a one-ounce with a microscopic mintage of just 50 pieces (all now sold out, so we suspect they were for a specific client) and the ubiquitous half-gram minigold with a mintage of 1,000 pieces. The latter coin looks to have an impressive amount of detail for its 11 mm diameter, although waiting to see one in hand will confirm that, but it’s the only one not to come boxed in anything other than a capsule.

The silver coin will come in four finishes, all of an ounce in weight. Available individually are proof and a quite superb looking high-relief antiqued variant. Each are presented in a black snapper-style coin box and are capped at 1,000 units each. Of particular interest and our favourite by far is the typeset collection. Just 500 will be made available and they each contain four coins. Two are the aforementioned proof and antiqued versions and to accompany them are reverse-proof and gilded coins, both of which are unique to the set.

A beautiful coin, they’ve done a terrific job with  the concept and presentation as well. The minigold sells for $65.00 AUD, the silver proof for $89.00 and the antiqued silver for $110.00. The typeset collection with the four silver coins is selling for $399.00 and all are available to buy now.

2017 CREATURES OF MYTH & LEGEND: POSEIDON, COIN RANGE

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Treasures of Oz is delighted to continue the Tokelau Coin Series – Creatures of Myth & Legend, with a stunning Poseidon design.

Poseidon was god of the sea, earthquakes, storms and horses. He was the protector of all waters and sailors relied on him for safe passage. He carried a trident and was said to be able to cause an earthquake by tapping it on the ground. His primary means of transport was a chariot pulled by magnificent horses. He was father to Pegasus whom he conceived with Medusa, who was hideously cursed by Athena because she married Poseidon.

This striking design shows Poseidon in all his glory riding, trident raised and emerging from the waves in a chariot pulled by two magnificent horses. The coins are available individually and a four-coin Typeset of the Silver coins will also be available.

The silver coins are presented in black cases with printed outer boxes and serially numbered certificates of authenticity. 0.5g gold coins come in capsules only with serially numbered certificates.

COIN BOX FOR PROOF/ANTIQUE VERSIONS AND TYPESET BOX

SPECIFICATION

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NAME 2017 SILVER 2017 GOLD 2017 MINIGOLD
DENOMINATION $5 Tokelau $100 Tokelau $5 Tokelau
COMPOSITION 0.999 silver 0.9999 gold 0.9999 gold
WEIGHT 31.1 grams 31.1 grams 0.5 grams
DIAMETER 38.6 mm 33.0 mm 11.0 mm
FINISH 4 variants Proof Proof
MODIFICATIONS None None None
MINTAGE various 50 1,000
BOX / COA Yes / Yes Yes / Yes tbc / Yes
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