The Greek Goddess of Justice, Themis, (her name meaning ‘divine law’), was a Titan, one of the twelve children of Gaia and Uranus. She was the second wife of Zeus, and believed to be the personification of ‘justice, divine order, fairness, law, and custom’. As with many Greek deities, Themis transitioned to later cultures, such as Ancient Rome, where she was known as Iustitia, and it could be argued that Themis herself, was a later version of the Egyptian goddess Maat, or even Isis.
The ancient pantheons are complex and intertwined, often with so many variables that the coin artist has to pick and choose which interpretation to base their design on. This new coin from Numiartis/Intercoins-Berlin and Coins Outlet is a fine case in point. Themis is depicted as a classic beauty, very much in the modern style. She is shown holding a set of gilded scales, something common in ancient times, but she’s also seen wearing a blindfold, something that wasn’t added to the mythos until the sixteenth century.