This is the 2nd issue in the Poland Mint series called “Great Commanders”. After the huge success of Spartacus Slave Revolt, we are pleased to present the 2019 Leonidas, once again 2 ounces of antique finished, high relief legal tender of Niue.
Leonidas was the leader of Sparta in the last decade of his life. Armed with a round shield, a spear and a short iron sword, he sowed fear in the enemy’s ranks. He was the leader of an army of 6 – 7 thousand soldiers, which managed to stop the 300 thousand Persian soldiers commanded by Xerxes in the Thermopil Gorge. This was the most important battle of the Greek-Persian war. Leonidas and most of his soldiers died in the battle, but it gave the Greeks time to gather a larger army and face the enemy forces.
Reverse: In stunning high relief, Leonidas is shown fighting the Persian army. In the background you can see a small but brave Spartan army. Particularly noteworthy is the selective plating of red gold, which imitates the blood of warriors. The coin is also decorated with a three-millimeter high relief, which shows every detail of the design.
Obverse: Decorated with a map showing the location of the Persian-Greek troops, the most important battles and battle routes, as well as a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.
Grade: High Relief, Antique Finish
Denomination: 5 Dollars
Metal Content: 2 Troy Ounce (62.2 grams)
Manufacturer: Poland Mint
Diameter: 50 mm
Mint Capsule, Presentation Box, Certificate of Authenticity