Gold 1/10oz coin Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - The Hanging Gardens of Babylon proof

Gold 1/10oz coin Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - The Hanging Gardens of Babylon proof

Stock state
January 2022
Date of issue
November 2021
Mintage
200 pcs
Price
7,490 CZK
exempt from VAT

Seven wonders of the ancient world

The second of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World is the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. The legendary monument is commemorated by a gold coin from the Czech Mint weighing one-tenth of a troy ounce.

Ancient
Babylon was situated on the banks of the Euphrates River in the fertile region of Mesopotamia, the cradle of human civilisation. Visitors to the city marvelled at its monuments - the majestic Marduk's Way, the magnificent fortifications dominated by Ishtar's Gate, and the giant tower to which the biblical legend of the confusion of tongues is attached. But they were all overshadowed by the breathtaking hanging gardens. According to one legend, they were built during the reign of the mythical Semiramis, the queen who made Babylon the greatest and most lavish metropolis of antiquity. According to other sources, King Nebuchadnezzar II had them built for his wife Amytis, who missed the green hills of her homeland in the great city. Delicate flowers and massive trees grew on the stepped terraces of the hanging gardens that rose high into the sky. Stone columns bore the weight of the whole structure. The ingenious irrigation system was also a source of wonder. No wonder legends of an earthly paradise in the middle of the desert spread around the world.

The reverse side of the coin, the work of the medal maker
Petra Brodská, DiS., presents a supposed image of hanging gardens with a number of terraces, columns, trees and waterfalls. The English inscription states THE HANGING GARDENS OF BABYLON. The obverse side, which is common to the whole cycle, then presents all seven wonders of the world - the Egyptian pyramids, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, the statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, the Colossus of Rhodes and the Lighthouse on the island of Faro. As the coins of the Czech Mint are issued with the foreign licence of the island of Niue, they also bear the portrait and name of Queen Elizabeth II, the nominal value of 5 DOLLARS (NZD) and the year of issue 2021 on the obverse side.

Each coin is sealed in special packaging.

Specifications

Code
75931-611
Issuer
Niue
Nominal value
5 NZD
Author of the obverse
Petra Brodská, DiS.
Author of the reverse
Petra Brodská, DiS.
Numbered issue
No
Certificate
No
Material
Gold
Fineness
999,9 / 1000
Weight
3.11 g
Diameter
16 mm
Packaging
Capsule
Yes
Czech Mint
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