Silver Three Hundred Grams 2021 Spartan Helmet, Coin from Solomon Islands - detailed information

Silver Three Hundred Grams 2021 Spartan Helmet, Coin from Solomon Islands
CoinSilver Three Hundred Grams 2021 Spartan Helmet

Apart from its regular circulating coinage, Solomon Islands has authorised a number of mints to issue collector coins in precious metals, which are legal tender in the country but are not intended for general circulation. Many of them are in standard bullion sizes - including in the large ten troy ounces (10oz) of silver format. These are usually dedicated to historical or general popular culture themes not related to the country itself.

This specially shaped coin (which is slightly smaller than 10 ounces) represents an Ancient Spartan helmet.

The Spartan army stood at the centre of the Spartan state, citizens trained in the disciplines and honour of a warrior society. Subject to military drill from early manhood, the Spartans became one of the most feared military forces in the Greek world. At the height of Sparta's power - between the 6th and 4th centuries BC - it was commonly accepted by other Greeks that "one Spartan was worth several men of any other state". According to Thucydides, the famous moment of Spartan surrender on the island of Sphacteria, off Pylos, in 425 BC, was highly unexpected. He wrote that "it was the common perception at the time that Spartans would never lay down their weapons for any reason, be it hunger, or danger".

MintMDM Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage300
Obverse
Solomon Islands / Silver Three Hundred Grams 2021 Spartan Helmet - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin shows the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.

In small letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend, the date of issue and the value: ELIZABETH II SOLOMON ISLANDS 10 DOLLARS 2022.

The portrait and the surrounding rim with the inscription are in the upper part of of the obverse.

In small letters below left, the hallmark Ag .999 (99.9% silver); below right, the metal content: 300 g.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II SOLOMON ISLANDS 10 DOLLARS 2022
Reverse
Solomon Islands / Silver Three Hundred Grams 2021 Spartan Helmet - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin depicts in high relief, and is shaped as, a Spartan helmet replete with realistic battle abrasions and damage.

There is no inscription.

Reverse Inscription (none)
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Notes

Finish: "antique bronze", high relief.
Packaging: in tin shaped as a Spartan shield, with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

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Silver Three Hundred Grams 2021 Spartan Helmet: Details
CountrySolomon Islands
CurrencySolomon Islands Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Ten Ounces (10 oz)
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value10 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage300
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver, Bronze Plated
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeIrregular
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size63.5 - 110 mm
Mass311.0350 g
OCC IDRWKZ-OJNC-VWPP-OXGL
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