Over 2,000 years ago the Athenian Owl Tetradrachm was the most influential coin in the world, the owl symbolizing strength, wisdom, and insight. The images and lettering on the coin were chiseled by hand into a die of soft iron, then using that die to strike the image onto a heated blank. Now Niue captures that ancient handcraftsmanship on the beautiful Athenian Owl in Brilliant Uncirculated official $2 legal tender.
The designer incorporated the manufacturing techniques used during ancient times constructing uneven hammered fields as well as the featured elements thus capturing the essence of coins from that period. As you turn the silver coin the owl is emphasized by the pounded field revealing reflective shadows. Struck in solid one ounce .999 fine silver and uniquely designed with a stackable rim so coins can be easily stacked.
Obverse: The coin bears the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the 2020 date
Reverse : A majestic owl standing on a tree branch with eyes in a mirror finish representing the nocturnal binocular vision and wisdom of the owl. The inscription "AOE" stands for AOENAION, meaning "of the Athenians." On the hammered background are a crescent moon and the olive branch of peace.
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