Numiscollects ‘Elves’ delves into the world of the fantastic with a new silver coin series
Numiscollect release a wide range of intriguing coin designs with subjects encompassing everything from space and nature to architecture and mythology. Their latest coin sits firmly in the last category and joins a burgeoning range of options. Despite that, the company seems to have a knack of picking subjects just that little bit different, exemplified by the recent Quetzalcoatl coin. Instead of picking deities of ancient lore, Fantastic Fantasy is looking at the broader picture of mythology that still permeates modern culture.
Popularised in modern culture by the works of Tolkien and his expansive Middle Earth books, elves have nevertheless had a long history in mythology. The artwork for Numiscollect’s new coin is very much in the Tolkienesque style and watchers of the recent hit movies by Peter Jackson will certainly appreciate the look being presented here. Depicting an elf in traditional forest garb and carrying a bow with a quiver of arrows on her back, this element of the design is coloured. The background is of a forest scene and is cleanly struck to a proof finish. SmartMinting is employed to create a n excellent level of relief while maintaining fine detail.Inscriptions are limited to just the text ‘ELVES’ and it’s incorporated into the design well enough to be completely unobtrusive. A small series logo is also presnt.
The obverse is the standard one present on issues from the Oceanic nation of Palau. The shield emblem and boat sit in the centre surrounded by the issuer and denomination. This one-ounce fine silver coin will come in a box with a certificate of authenticity and mintage will be limited at 499 pieces. Available to pre-order now, it will ship around the end of October.
An elf is a type of human-shaped supernatural being in Germanic mythology and folklore. Reconstructing the early concept of an elf depends almost entirely on texts in Old English or relating to Norse mythology. Later evidence for elves appears in diverse sources such as medical texts, prayers, ballads, and folktales.
In medieval Germanic-speaking cultures, elves seem generally to have been thought of as beings with magical powers and supernatural beauty, ambivalent towards everyday people and capable of either helping or hindering them. However, the precise character of beliefs in elves across the Germanic-speaking world has varied considerably across time, space, and different cultures. In Old Norse mythological texts, elves seem at least at times to be counted among the pagan gods; in medieval German texts they seem more consistently monstrous and harmful.
Elves are prominently associated with sexual threats, seducing people and causing them harm. For example, a number of early modern ballads in the British Isles and Scandinavia, originating in the medieval period, describe human encounters with elves.
In English literature of the Elizabethan era, elves became conflated with the fairies of Romance culture, so that the two terms began to be used interchangeably. German Romanticist writers were influenced by this notion of the “elf”, and reimported the English word elf in that context into the German language. In Scandinavia, probably through a process of euphemism, elves often came to be known by names like huldra or huldufólk (‘hidden people’)—or conceivably were conflated with an earlier category of beings with these names. The “Christmas elves” of contemporary popular culture are a relatively recent tradition, popularized during the late nineteenth-century in the United States. Elves entered the twentieth-century high fantasy genre in the wake of works published by authors such as J. R. R. Tolkien.
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