T&S Coin follows Sparta with another great legend of the Ancient Greek world – the Trojan War

It was only last December that we covered the Sparta release from T&S Coin and came away impressed by it. Today, we’re looking at the newly released second issue themed around Ancient Greek history and mythology, Troy, more specifically, the version told in the Iliad, by the regarded Greek writer, Homer, in a 24 book poem written over 15,693 lines.

Homer spins a tale about the final throes of the Trojan War, covering the last few weeks of a decade long siege of the city by the Mycenean Greek city states. Many parts of the story will be well known to modern readers, having been retold on film repeatedly. The fight between Achilles and Hector, and most famously of all, the fall of Troy by the use of a large wooden horse, in which hid a contingent of Greek warriors.

The design follows the signature style of this producer, with the high-relief, two-ounce silver format, which is antique-finished, and with selective gilding. In this case, there’s also some colour, with its use well implemented, and in no way distracting, or excessive. The coin depicts an epic battle scene, with Troy behind the fighting, and a gilded wooden horse also drawing the eye in the background. We particularly like the design of the horse, which just seems more based in reality than the ridiculous life-like depictions in many visual retellings. The main focus is the final battle between Achilles and Hector, the former about to swing the killing blow. The characters are very well done, with unusual posing. All told, a fine looking design.

The obverse remains the standard T&S design, easily one of the very best around today. The coin will come boxed with a Certificate of Authenticity, and the mintage is limited to 500 pieces. It’s available to order now, with shipping to commence at the end of next month. While the ancient myths and legends genre has been well served in recent years, there’s always room for great new issues, and this will find favour with many collectors, for sure.


$5 NZD (Niue) 62.2 g of 0.999 silver 45.0 mm Antique 500