The Winged sandals of Hermes are Numiscollect’s third look at the artifacts of ancient mythology

Thors Hammer ‘Mjolnir’ and Aegis, the Shield of Athena are both legends of the ancient mythological world and both have been immortalised in silver as part of Numiscollects superb mythology series of silver coins. The third issue, first scene earlier this year at the Berlin World Money Fair, is now starting to appear for ordering at dealers worldwide and the subject of choice is Talaria, the winged sandals of the god Hermes.

The two-ounce antiqued silver format of the competition from the Mint of Poland, and of previous issues in this series, remains. In the case of these smartminted issues, the entire extra ounce has gone on thickness, making these effectively piedfort coins. The advantage of this approach can be seen with some outstanding levels of relief simply not possible on thinner strikes.

This is another pretty coin, depicting a scene of Hermes in an ancient Greek setting. The sandals are reproduced in greater detail in the foreground, so the whole face isn’t a single vista, but a composite of the two. Both are beautifully struck with tons of high relief and a good sense of depth. The coin title is inscribed here in an elegant font, but everything else is kept to the staid obverse. That face carries just the usual effigy of Queen Elizabeth II and the issue details, as you would expect of a Cook Islands coin. It’s a pity more effort wasn’t put into the obverse, but that’s hardly a deal-breaker.

Presentation consists of a box with a certificate of authenticity and the mintage is capped at 999 pieces. A great looking piece, although last years Shield of Athena takes some beating, and a fine alternative to the design style of the Mint of Poland issues, for those looking for variety. Shipping in a few weeks time, expect to pay around €200 for one.


The symbol of the Greek messenger god, Hermes, Talaria are winged sandals said to have been made, by the god Hephaestus, of pure gold. The name comes from the Latin word tālāria, meaning “of the ankle”, and they are said to have allowed the wearer to fly as fast as any bird.

It was in the writings of Homer that wings on the sandals were first mentioned, and the characteristic has been associated with them ever since. Hermes is said to have given the sandals to the son of Zeus, Perseus, who used them to help him slay the fearsome Gorgon, Medusa.

DENOMINATION $10 CID (Cook Islands)
COMPOSITION 0.999 silver
WEIGHT 62.2 grams
FINISH Antique
MODIFICATIONS Ultra high-relief
BOX / COA Yes / Yes