Gold Ounce 2021 Medusa's Head, Coin from Gibraltar - detailed information

Gold Ounce 2021 Medusa's Head, Coin from Gibraltar
CoinGold Ounce 2021 Medusa's Head

Gibraltar is a small British Overseas Territory located at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula, bordered to the north by Spain. Its currency is the Gibraltar Pound, which is locally interchangeable with the Pound Sterling, to which it is pegged at par; however, the Gibraltar Pound is legal tender only in Gibraltar and not in the United Kingdom.

The territory has also authorised some mints to issue commemorative and bullion coins under its jurisdiction. These latter are usually in standard bullion sizes, such as one ounce of gold - designated as 1 oz Au, where Au is abbreviated from Aurum, the Latin word for gold.

This coin is part of a Scottsdale Mint series of Gibraltar bullion coins, and features Perseus holding the head of Medusa, as depicted in the Perseus with the Head of Medusa bronze sculpture made by Benvenuto Cellini in the period 1545 - 1554.

In Greek mythology, Perseus (Greek: Περσεύς, translit. Perseús) was the legendary founder of Mycenae and of the Perseid dynasty. He was, alongside Cadmus and Bellerophon, the greatest Greek hero and slayer of monsters before the days of Heracles. He beheaded the Gorgon Medusa for Polydectes and saved Andromeda from the sea monster Cetus. He was the son of Zeus and the mortal Danaë, as well as the half-brother and great-grandfather of Heracles (as they were both sired by Zeus).

The Mint says about the coin:
The subject matter of this coin release is steeped in history and symbolism and features the visage of Italian goldsmith, sculptor, and author Benvenuto Cellini, alongside one of his most famous sculptures, “Perseus With the Head of Medusa” (1545). The innovative manner in which the sculpture was created, and the political commentary embedded in the subject matter details is relevant for today and worth an afternoon read. If you are ever in Florence, you can visit the sculpture in real life at the Piazza della Signoria.

MintScottsdale Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage100
Gibraltar / Gold Ounce 2021 Medusa's Head - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin displays at its centre the Coat of Arms of the Government of Gibraltar. It incorporates the Royal Arms of the United Kingdom, being a shield which is quartered, depicting in the first and fourth quarters the three passant guardant lions of England; in the second, the rampant lion and double tressure flory-counterflory of Scotland; and in the third, a harp for Ireland. The crest is a statant guardant lion wearing St Edward's Crown, himself on another representation of that crown standing on a knight's helmet. The sinister (left) supporter is a likewise crowned English lion; the dexter (right), a Scottish unicorn.

The motto of English monarchs, DIEU ET MON DROIT (God and my Right), which has descended to the present royal family, is in a ribbon below, while a Garter circlet which surrounds the shield is inscribed with the Order of the Garter's motto, HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE (from old French: Shame on he who thinks evil), partly obscured by the supporters.

Below the lower ribbon, the badge of Gibraltar - an escutcheon featuring a three-towered castle under which hangs a key.

Around above, the name of the territory: GIBRALTAR. Divided by the lion above the crown, the date of issue 2021. Around left and around right, the precious metal content: 1 TROY OUNCE 9999 FINE GOLD. Around below, the nominal face value 10 POUND.

Obverse Inscription GIBRALTAR 2021 1 TROY OUNCE 9999 FINE GOLD 10 POUND
Gibraltar / Gold Ounce 2021 Medusa's Head - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows the Greek legendary hero Perseus holding the severed head of Medusa in his raised left hand. Behind him, the portrait of the sculptor Benvenuto Cellini, whose name is inscribed on the baldric hanging across the hero's shoulder.

Above right, on three lines the inscription 2021 MEDUSA'S HEAD.

Reverse Inscription 2021 MEDUSA'S HEAD
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone

Gold content (Troy oz): 1.000
Finish: proof.
Packaging: in gift box and display case, with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Date of issue: 7 December 2021
Issue price: US$ 2,272.22

Royal Mint
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Gold Ounce 2021 Medusa's Head: Details
CurrencyGibraltar Pound
Coin TypeGold Ounce (1 oz), Bullion
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
Effigy / SymbolCoat of Arms of the Government of Gibraltar
Face Value10 (x Pound)
Total Mintage100
Material0.9999 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size32.000 mm
Mass31.100 g
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Coin, Gibraltar, Gold Ounce 2021 Medusa's Head
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Coin, Gibraltar, Gold Ounce 2021 Medusa's Head
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Coin, Gibraltar, Gold Ounce 2021 Medusa's Head
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