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Tuvalu 2018-P Warfare #3 - Hussars Cavalry Horsemen $2 2 Troy Ounce Pure Silver Ultra High Relief Medallic Rimless Antiqued Piedfort Proof P10

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Get the third and final release in the hugely popular Warfare! series - the Hussars! Dashing Hussar cavalrymen charge through a crowd of hapless infantry, slashing them apart with their sabers on this ultra high relief, two troy ounce, pure silver, rimless medallic antiqued proof!

Talisman Coins and the Perth Mint are excited to present the Hussars Cavalry Horsemen 2 Troy Ounce Pure Silver High Relief Antiqued Coin, the third and final coin in the highly popular Warfare series.

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The term "hussar" emerged in Hungary during the 15th century to describe a class of elite, lightly armed horsemen introduced by King Matthias Corvinus. With fast, agile horses, they were invaluable scouts and skirmishers who also provided mobile flanks for heavy cavalry in his powerfully equipped Black Army.

Recognizing the value of hussars, other continental armies, including those of France, Austria, Prussia and Russia adopted the Hungarian style of light cavalry during the 18th century, while Britain transformed dragoon regiments to hussars during the Napoleonic Wars of 1803 to 1815.

Hussars were known for their dashing and cavalier demeanor, most notably characterized by elaborate, brightly colored uniforms. Armed with a sabre and firearms, the hussar’s extravagant appearance was completed by a shako - a tall, cylindrical shaped leather cap topped by a feather plume or pompom.

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The coin portrays hussars charging towards infantrymen during the Napoleonic Wars. Wearing their distinctive uniforms, the mustachioed horsemen have their sabres raised aloft in readiness to strike the enemy.

To capture the depth and detail of the design, the coin is struck in high relief to a rimless format, and has been individually ‘antiqued’ to give it a unique finish conveying the surface abrasions of an ancient artefact. As a result of this treatment the appearance of each coin may vary.

The following 2 Troy Ounce Pure Silver Antiqued Proof coins are planned for the Warfare series:

    1)  Roman Legions
    2)  Viking Norsemen
    3)  Hussars Cavalry

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Greek Corinthian Helmet and the skull reportedly found inside it from the Battle of Marathon, now residing in the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto.What is a Piedfort?
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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Obverse
The coin portrays hussars charging towards infantrymen during the Napoleonic Wars. Wearing their distinctive uniforms, the mustachioed horsemen have their sabres raised aloft in readiness to strike the enemy. The ultra high relief is absolutely spectacular. When combined with the antique finish, which outlines and highlights all the different design elements to incredible effect, a tremendous sensation of depth and perspective is created, in the best tradition of medallic art. There are no legends on the obverse to detract from the beauty and power of the design. The Perth Mint's "P" mint mark can be found at the 2:30 position near the edge.

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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 ELIZABETH II, the date of issue and denomination also appear. The legend 2 OZ 9999 SILVER guarantees the weight and purity.

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Packaging
The coin is enclosed inside a handsome taupe leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and satin, and protected by a full color 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 2018
   
Face Value Two Dollars
Weight 62.213 g
Diameter 40.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness)   6.42 mm
Mintage Limit    2,000
   
Finish Antique with Ultra High Relief
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Plain
   
Artist Lucas Bowers (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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