Hephaestus—God of the Fire, Gods series, Niue Island 2019, 2 Dollars, 2 oz, 45 mm, antique finish ultra high relief coin, selective gilding, client: Numiartis, producer: Mint of Poland.


Third coin in this series after Ares and Poseidon. See fourth coin: Apollo.

They said about this coin:

„Incredible Silver Coin.” Backyard Bullion on YT

Mr. Hephaestus, a big muscle man is working in the forge. This room seems to be too small for him. He is a little clumsy—according to mythology, he was “shrivelled of foot”.

Hephaestus is forging a sword. His clumsy fingers are holding the pincers of the blacksmith. Behind him we see the armour, sword and famous shield of Achilles, and by his right leg the helmet of Achilles. Behind Hephaestus’ back are the blacksmith’s tools and the thunderbolts of Zeus.

On the initial sketch the hammer strike looks different, but it seemed to unnatural to me. So I changed the hand position on the final design. See below.

Hephaestus, final design
Final design.
The first sketch of Hephaestus.
The first sketch of Hephaestus.
The sketch of Hephaestus.
The study of anatomy and body shape analysis. The hammer already has a different position.

The shield of Achilles was drawn as a separate element. I drew it according to the description in the Homer’s Iliad. The first circle is the sea, earth, sky, sun, moon and stars. Then there is a circle with two cities. On the one side we see a dancing wedding procession, two men quarreling over payment for a murder. On the other side of this circle: a city siege. The next circle depicts the harvest, cattle, and vine growing. Next are girls and boys dancing the Ariadne dance that Daedalus invented. The last circle is fulfilled by Oceanusthe outer sea.

The Shield of Achilles—the complete drawing.
The Shield of Achilles—the complete drawing.
The close-up view of the shield.
The close-up view of the shield. The drawing obviously simplifies the description from the Illiad, because it is quite impossible to stamp them all on a very small coin.
After inserting this picture, I found one mistake on my drawing. Do you see it? 🙂
Hephestus, photo of the reverse
Hephaestus—photo of the reverse.
Hephaestus, close-up view
Close-up view of the coin.