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2019 - Norse Dragon - Dragon Series - 2 oz Silver Coin - Ultra High Relief - With Azurite Insert - Niue

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NORSE DRAGON – DRAGONS SERIES – 2019 2 oz $2 Ultra High Relief Antique Silver Coin with Azurite Insert- Niue
Second coin in series!
Dragons have permeated many cultures mythology, possibly through the early discovery of fossils – after all, how else could they explain fossilised teeth and bones – and Norse mythology was no different. Four main creatures are referenced in their literature.

Níðhöggr, (Malice Striker) is a dragon (or serpent) that gnaws away at the root of Yggdrasil, the fabled world tree. Described in Prose Edda and Poetic Edda as gnawing at the roots from below, it was one of many creatures that inhabited Yggdrasil. The word Nio was a term that implied a loss of status and honour.

Jörmungandr, (Huge Monster), also known as the Midgard (World) Serpent, is a sea serpent and said to be the offspring of Loki and the giantess Angrboða. Thrown into the great ocean that encircles Midgard by Odin. It grew so large that it encircled the earth and could grasp its own tale. When it releases its tail, Ragnarök will begin. Jörmungandr’s arch-enemy is the thunder-god, Thor. It is an example of an ouroboros.

Fáfnir is a son of the dwarf king Hreidmar, and after being affected by the curse of Andvari’s ring and gold, Fafnir became a dragon and was slain by Sigurd. It’s suggested that Tolkein based the dragon Smaug on the legend of Fafnir.

Unnamed dragon in the 13th century book by Saxo Grammaticus, Gesta Danorum (‘The Deeds of the Danes’), recounts the tale of the legendary king Frode I, who is said to have killed a venomous dragon that lived in a cave on a mountain, that guarded a huge horde of riches.

*Please note that Azurite is a NATURAL stone. Each stone is different, which makes each coin unique

Mintage: 500
Material: Fine Silver (99.9%)
Features: High Relief, Antique Finish and Azurite Insert
Weight: 2 oz
Diameter: 45mm
Country: Niue
Face Value: $2.00

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