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Tuvalu 2017-P Norse Goddesses of Valhalla #3 - Hel Goddess of the Underworld and Queen of the Dead, with the Dragon Nidhug of Viking Asgard $2 2 Troy Ounce Pure Silver Ultra High Relief Medallic Rimless Antiqued Proof Piedfort P08

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Get the third and final entry in the Norse Goddesses of Valhalla program! Hel, Goddess of the Underworld and Queen of the Dead, is accompanied by her dragon Nidhogg on this ultra high relief, rimless medallic antiqued 2 troy ounce pure silver proof!

The first Norse Goddess, Freya, sold out at the Mint quickly - don't get left out, get your Goddess Hel today!

The third and final coin in the exciting and extremely popular Norse Goddesses of Valhalla coin series features Hel, Goddess of the Underworld and Queen of the Dead, is accompanied by her dragon Nidhogg, which gnaws at the roots of the world tree, Yggdrasill.

According to ancient Norse mythology, Hel was the goddess of the dead and the queen of the underworld. Born with the bones on one side of her face and body exposed, Hel is the most fearsome looking goddesses. She is described as hag-like, appearing half-alive and half-dead, and is often depicted alongside the World Tree Yggdrasil with the dragon Nidhug, who lives at the base of the tree.

The coin's dynamic obverse depicts Hel sitting underneath the first World Tree, with the dragon Nidhug or Nidhogg wrapped around the roots of the tree. Some of the tree roots depict faces of the lost souls that Hel watches over in the underworld.

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2016 Norse Goddesses #1 - Freya $2 in BoxTalisman Coins and the Perth Mint (Australia's precious metals experts) are proud to bring you this spectacularly popular series. Each two troy ounce pure silver coin is an extra-thick piedfort, struck in ultra high relief. These coins are in the medallic style; they are rimless, with plain edges and an antique finish, to make a superb addition to any collection of numismatic art and treasures. Presented in a luxurious, wooden display case, exquisitely carved with the Norse cosmological tree Yggdrasil on the lid, each gem represents the pinnacle of the minter's craft! The mintage limit is only 2,000 coins - act fast!

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The Norse Goddess Hel, Queen of the Dead
In Germannic and Norse mythology, Hel is a being who presides over the underworld realm of the same name, where she receives a portion of the dead.In the Poetic Edda, Prose Edda, and Heimskringla, Hel is referred to as a daughter of Loki, and to "go to Hel" is to die. In the Prose Edda book Gylfaginning, Hel is described as having been appointed by the god Odin as ruler of a realm of the same name, located in Niflheim. In the same source, her appearance is described as half blue and half flesh-colored and further as having a gloomy, downcast appearance. The Prose Edda details that Hel rules over vast mansions with many servants in her underworld realm and plays a key role in the attempted resurrection of the god Baldr.

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Norse Viking Mythology
Central to accounts of Norse mythology are the plights of the gods and their interaction with various other beings, such as with the jötnar, who may be friends, lovers, foes and/or family members of the gods. Numerous gods are mentioned in the source texts. As evidenced by records of personal names and place names, the most popular god among the Scandinavians during the Viking Age was Thor, who is portrayed as unrelentingly pursuing his foes, his mountain-crushing, thunderous hammer Mjölnir in hand. In the mythology, Thor lays waste to numerous jötnar who are foes to the gods or humanity, and is wed to the beautiful, golden-haired goddess Sif.

The god Odin is also frequently mentioned in surviving texts. One-eyed, wolf and raven-flanked, and spear in hand, Odin pursues knowledge throughout the worlds. In an act of self-sacrifice, Odin is described as having hanged himself on the cosmological tree Yggdrasil to gain knowledge of the runic alphabet, which he passed on to humanity, and is associated closely with death, wisdom, and poetry. Odin has a strong association with death; Odin is portrayed as the ruler of Valhalla, where valkyries carry half of those slain in battle. Odin's wife is the powerful goddess Frigg who can see the future but tells no one, and together they have a beloved son, Baldr. After a series of dreams had by Baldr of his impending death, his death is engineered by Loki, and Baldr thereafter resides in Hel, a realm ruled over by a goddess of the same name.

Odin must share half of his share of the dead with a powerful goddess, Freyja. She is beautiful, sensual, wears a feathered cloak, and practices seiðr. She rides to battle to choose among the slain, and brings her chosen to her afterlife field Fólkvangr. Freyja weeps for her missing husband Óðr, and seeks after him in far away lands. Freyja's brother, the god Freyr, is also frequently mentioned in surviving texts, and in his association with weather, royalty, human sexuality, and agriculture brings peace and pleasure to humanity. Deeply lovesick after catching sight of the beautiful jötunn Gerðr, Freyr seeks and wins her love, yet at the price of his future doom. Their father is the powerful god Njörðr. Njörðr is strongly associated with ships and seafaring, and so also wealth and prosperity. Freyja and Freyr's mother is Njörðr's sister (her name is unprovided in the source material). However, there is more information about his pairing with the skiing and hunting goddess Skaði. Their relationship is ill-fated, as Skaði cannot stand to be away from her beloved mountains, nor Njörðr from the seashore. Together, Freyja, Freyr, and Njörðr form a portion of gods known as the Vanir. While the Aesir and the Vanir retain distinct identification, they came together as the result of the Æsir–Vanir War.

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The Goddess Hel Silver Medallic Piedfort is the third and final release in the popular and exciting Norse Goddesses of Valhalla program, to be released by the Perth Mint. Coins featuring the following Norse Goddesses are planned:

    Freya
    Frigg
    Hel

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What is a Piedfort?
Greek Corinthian Helmet and the skull reportedly found inside it from the Battle of Marathon, now residing in the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto.Hard to find and popular with collectors for more than a century, piedforts are highly sought after. We get asked all the time, "What is a piedfort?" There are two different, but related, stories of the origin of the word "piedfort". The first says that it literally means "strong foot" in French (from pied, foot and fort, strong). The second says this word was appropriated by the mint centuries ago to mean "heavy measure" or "heavy weight". In both cases, the sense of serious heft to the coin is obvious.

Often the word "piedfort" is translated as "double-thick", but this is neither a literal translation nor a precisely accurate definition. Numismatically speaking, any coin that is 50% or more thicker than a standard version qualifies as a piedfort, although some piedforts are, indeed, twice as thick as normal.

Finally, the age-old question, "How is the word pronounced?" Coming from French, it is not pronounced as it is spelled; that is, don't say, "pide - fort". Rather, "pee - ay - four" (three syllables) is a good approximation.

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2016 Norse Goddesses #1 - Freya $2 Outer BoxObverse
The coin's dynamic obverse depicts Hel sitting underneath the first World Tree, with the dragon Nidhug or Nidhogg wrapped around the roots of the tree. Some of the tree roots depict faces of the lost souls that Hel watches over in the underworld. The legend HEL defines the theme. The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark also appears in the design.

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Reverse
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, in crowned profile facing right. This portrait, featuring Her Majesty wearing a tiara and pearl earrings, was executed by the sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley. The legend QUEEN ELIZABETH II, the date of issue and denomination also appear. The legend 2 OZ 999 SILVER guarantees the weight and purity.

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Packaging
Each coin is enclosed inside a luxurious, solid wood, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with white velvet and satin, and protected by an elegantly illustrated outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

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Specifications
Country Tuvalu
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2017
   
Face Value Two Dollars
Weight 62.213 g
Diameter 40.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness)   6.00 mm
Mintage Limit    2,000
   
Finish Antique with Ultra High Relief
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Plain
   
Artist Ing Ing Jong (obverse)
Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered

The Island Nation of Tuvalu
Tuvalu, formerly known as the Ellice Islands, is a Polynesian island nation located in the Pacific Ocean midway between Hawaii and Australia. Its nearest neighbors are Kiribati, Samoa and Fiji. It is comprised of four reef islands and five true atolls. Its population of 11,992 makes it the third-least populated independent country in the world, with only Vatican City and Nauru having fewer inhabitants. It is also the second-smallest member by population of the United Nations. In terms of physical land size, at just 10 square miles Tuvalu is the fourth smallest country in the world, larger only than the Vatican City, Monaco and Nauru.

The first inhabitants of Tuvalu were Polynesian people, who arrived about 3000 years go. The islands came under Great Britain's sphere of influence in the late 19th century. The Ellice Islands were administered by Britain as part of a protectorate from 1892 to 1916 and as part of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony from 1916 to 1974. In 1974 the Ellice Islanders voted for separate British dependency status as Tuvalu, separating from the Gilbert Islands which became Kiribati upon independence. Tuvalu became fully independent within The Commonwealth in 1978. with Queen Elizabeth II as titular head of state.

Because Tuvalu has few natural resources it has been dependent in recent years upon aid from larger, more developed nations, including Australia, New Zealand and the United States. The Perth Mint of Australia is officially commissioned by the government of Tuvalu to produce legal tender coinage for the island nation.

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