2022 Niue 2 Ounce Twelve Labours of Hercules Stymphalian Birds High Relief Silver Coin

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Poland Mint at Art in Coins 
This is the sixth coin in the exclusive series titled “Twelve Labours of Hercules” and it is dedicated to the fabled Stymphalian Birds.  It is once again portrayed in stunning ultra high relief detail on a rimless, antique-finished .999 silver coin.

Highlights:

Low Mintage of 500 coins worldwide.
High Relief Strike
Fantastic artwork on both coin faces
Select pure gold gilding on reverse
Serial number engraved on rim with matching certificate

Backstory:

For the sixth task for Hercules, we head to a marsh in Arcadia, where the Stymphalian Birds; bronze-beaked, metal-feathered and man-eating, had taken up residence.

Said to be either the pets of the goddess Artemis, or the god of war, Ares, they quickly took over the area, destroying crops and people alike. Eurystheus tasked Hercules with clearing them from Arcadia, but the marshy ground would not support his weight.

The goddess Athena gave him rattle (krotala), with she had asked Hephaestus to make.  Hercules climbed to a high-point over the lake the birds lived around, and shook the rattle. The birds took to the air, and he shot many of them with arrows tipped with Medusa’s blood.  Shortly after, the remaining birds fledthe area.

Future Labours issues:

Cretan Bull (2022)
Mares of Diomedes (2022)
Belt of Hippolyta (2023)
Cattle of Geryon (2023)
Golden Apples of the Hesperides (2024)
Cerberus (2024)

Specifications

Series: Twelve Labours of Hercules
Year: 2022
Quality: High Relief, Antique Finish
Denomination: 5 Dollars
Metal Content: 2 Troy Ounce (62.2 grams)
Purity: .999 / 99.9%
Manufacturer: Poland Mint
Mintage; 500
Diameter: 45 mm
Delivers With: Capsule, Wood Box, Certificate of Authenticity