Silver Two Ounces 2015 Goddesses of Olympus - Athena, Coin from Tuvalu - detailed information

Silver Two Ounces 2015 Goddesses of Olympus - Athena, Coin from Tuvalu
CoinSilver Two Ounces 2015 Goddesses of Olympus - Athena

The Tuvaluan Dollar is the currency of Tuvalu - a small nation in the Pacific Ocean. Tuvalu has never had banknotes of its own, and has been issuing coins since 1976; these circulate together with coins of the Australian Dollar, which is also legal tender in the country, and to which the Tuvaluan Dollar is pegged.

The Australian Perth Mint issues a large variety of non-circulating legal tender coins under the authority of Tuvalu. Some of these are in the silver two-ounce format (abbreviated as 2 oz). Strictly speaking, they are not bullion as they are priced at a premium and are targeted at collectors who appreciate them for their artistic merit and collectable value and not just for their precious metal content.

This coin is the second release in the Goddesses of Olympus series of premium bullion coins by the Perth Mint (continuation of Gods of Olympus), and is dedicated to Athena.

Athena represented courage, inspiration, law and justice, mathematics, strength, strategy, arts and crafts. She was also considered the Goddess of War and a companion of many heroes including Odysseus, Jason and Heracles.

The coin has antique finish and a rimless design (which extends to the edge without a border).

MintPerth Mint Mint MarkLetter P Total Mintage2,000
Obverse
Tuvalu / Silver Two Ounces 2015 Goddesses of Olympus - Athena - 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: QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2oz 999 SILVER 2015 TUVALU 2 DOLLARS.

The inscription around the rim also incorporates the precious metal content: two troy ounces of 99.9% silver.

Obverse Inscription QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2oz 999 SILVER 2015 TUVALU 2 DOLLARS
Reverse
Tuvalu / Silver Two Ounces 2015 Goddesses of Olympus - Athena - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin portrays Athena next to an olive tree; she is holding a large spear in her left hand, and a shield with her right hand. Accompanying her are a serpent and an owl - symbol of wisdom, and a companion and symbol of Athena. Behind, the Parthenon can be seen as part of ancient Athens (it was a temple to Athena Parthenos).

The serpent is the guardian of the Acropolis and incarnation of Erichthonius, progeny of Athena’s seducer, Hephaestus. The shield displays the gorgon Medusa’s head, which was given to Athena by Perseus.

Around below, the inscription ATHENA. The Perth Mint's P mint mark is on the right. Below right, on the snake's belly (after the second A in ATHENA), the designer's initials TV, for Thomas Vaughan.

Reverse Inscription ATHENA
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Silver Content (Troy oz): 2.000
Finish: antique, high relief.
Packaging: in a prestigious round wooden display case, with "stunning" detail on its lid and packaged in a beautifully illustrated shipper, with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Issue price: AU$ 179.00

See also

Coins in the Gods of Olympus series issued for Tuvalu include (ordered by design / metal / size / year):
- 1 oz Gold, Zeus 2021
- 5 oz Silver (with Antique version), Zeus 2021
- 2 oz Silver Antique, Zeus 2014
- 1 oz Silver Bullion (with Antique version), Zeus 2020
- 1 oz Gold, Poseidon 2021
- 5 oz Silver (with Antique version), Poseidon 2021
- 2 oz Silver Antique, Poseidon 2014
- 1 oz Silver Bullion (with Antique version), Poseidon 2021
- 1 oz Gold, Hades 2021
- 5 oz Silver (with Antique version), Hades 2021
- 2 oz Silver Antique, Hades 2014
- 1 oz Silver Bullion (with Antique version), Hades 2021
- 1 oz Gold, Hera 2022
- 5 oz Silver (with Antique version), Hera 2022
- 2 oz Silver Antique, Hera 2015
- 1 oz Silver Bullion (with Antique version), Hera 2022
- 1 oz Gold, Athena 2022
- 5 oz Silver (with Antique version), Athena 2022
- 2 oz Silver Antique, Athena 2015
- 1 oz Silver Bullion (with Antique version), Athena 2022
- 2 oz Silver Antique, Aphrodite 2015

All (25) coins of type: Silver Two Ounces (2 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Silver Two Ounces 2014 Gods of Olympus - Zeus 1,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2oz 999 SILVER 2014 TUVALU 2 DOLLARS
Silver Two Ounces 2014 Gods of Olympus - Poseidon 1,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2oz 999 SILVER 2014 TUVALU 2 DOLLARS
Silver Two Ounces 2014 Gods of Olympus - Hades 1,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2oz 999 SILVER 2014 TUVALU 2 DOLLARS
Silver Two Ounces 2015 Goddesses of Olympus - Hera 2,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2oz 999 SILVER 2015 TUVALU 2 DOLLARS
Silver Two Ounces 2015 Goddesses of Olympus - Athena 2,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2oz 999 SILVER 2015 TUVALU 2 DOLLARS
Silver Two Ounces 2015 Goddesses of Olympus - Aphrodite 2,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2oz 999 SILVER 2015 TUVALU 2 DOLLARS
Silver Two Ounces 2015 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II · 2 DOLLARS TUVALU 2015 ·
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Silver Two Ounces 2017 Norse Goddesses - Freya 2,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2oz 9999 SILVER 2017 TUVALU 2 DOLLARS
Silver Two Ounces 2017 Norse Goddesses - Frigg 2,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2oz 9999 SILVER 2017 TUVALU 2 DOLLARS
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Silver Two Ounces 2021 Double Dragon and Phoenix 888 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2oz 9999 SILVER 2021 TUVALU 2 DOLLARS
Silver Two Ounces 2021 Hourglass 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2oz 9999 Ag 2021 2 DOLLARS TUVALU
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Silver Two Ounces 2015 Goddesses of Olympus - Athena: Details
CountryTuvalu
CurrencyTuvaluan Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Two Ounces (2 oz)
Issued2015
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value2 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage2,000
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerThomas Vaughan
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size40.500 mm
Thickness6.000 mm
Mass62.270 g
OCC IDYRVP-OVRC-DDWP-ODQG
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