This extraordinary 2 ounce .999 silver coin, the first issue in the Legendary Lands series is dedicated to the famed lost city of Atlantis. The reverse is a depiction of the citizenry feeling the doomed city and the obverse captures a scene of Atlantis after its collapse into the sea.
The coin presents incredible detail in its high relief strike, bright selective gold gilding and deep Antique Finish.
Coin delivers in a deluxe box along with the Certificate of Authenticity.
Extremely limited mintage of only 500 pieces worldwide.
Atlantis is a fictional island mentioned within an allegory on the hubris of nations in Plato’s works Timaeus and Critias, where it represents the antagonist naval power that besieges “Ancient Athens”, the pseudo-historic embodiment of Plato’s ideal state in The Republic. In the story, Athens repels the Atlantean attack unlike any other nation of the known world supposedly giving testament to the superiority of Plato’s concept of a state. The story concludes with Atlantis falling out of favor with the deities and submerging into the Atlantic Ocean.
Despite its minor importance in Plato’s work, the Atlantis story has had a considerable impact on literature. The allegorical aspect of Atlantis was taken up in Utopian works of several Renaissance writers, such as Francis Bacon’s New Atlantis and Thomas More’s Utopia. On the other hand, nineteenth-century amateur scholars misinterpreted Plato’s narrative as historical tradition, most famously in Ignatius L. Donnelly’s Atlantis: The Antediluvian World. Plato’s vague indications of the time of the events, more than 9,000 years before his time, and the alleged location of Atlantis “beyond the Pillars of Hercules” has led to much pseudo-scientific speculation. As a consequence, Atlantis has become a byword for any and all supposed advanced prehistoric lost civilizations and continues to inspire contemporary fiction, from comic books to films.
Quality: High Relief, Antique Finish
Denomination: 5 Dollars
Metal Content: 2 Troy Ounce (62.2 grams)
Manufacturer: Poland Mint
Diameter: 45 mm
Mint Capsule, Box, Dust Sleeve, Certificate of Authenticity