1 Dollar - Elizabeth II 6th Portrait - Winged Victory
|Queen||Elizabeth II (1952-date)|
1.00 AUD = 0.73 USD
|Orientation||Medal alignment ↑↑|
Nike, the Greek mythological goddess of victory.
6th crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the George IV State Diadem and the Victorian Coronation Necklace
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA
1oz 9999 Ag 2021 1 DOLLAR
The coin’s outstanding high relief reverse depicts Nike in Art Deco style. Honouring an unseen hero with a victory laurel in the palm of her right hand, Nike’s muscular figure is enveloped in a beautifully symmetrical representation of feathered wings. Also included on the reverse is the inscription WINGED VICTORY and The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark.
© Richard Thomas
|P||Perth Mint, Australia|
In Greek mythology, Nike was invited to live on Mount Olympus by Zeus, the King of the Gods, as a reward for being his charioteer during the Titan War. Guiding Zeus’s horses through the battlefields, she is said to have bestowed fame and glory in the form of laurel wreaths on his victorious army. Since classical times, artists have often portrayed Nike as a winged figure symbolising victory in both war and peaceful competition.
In Australia she was the inspiration for Gilbert Doble's Winged Victory, created for the top of the Marrickville Soldiers' Memorial unveiled in Sydney after World War I. Having suffered considerably from the elements, the elegant copper statue was restored and permanently transferred to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra in 2013 as an object of national significance.
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|2021 P||3,000||Proof High Relief|
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