Halfway point!

6 of 12 coins in Twelve Labours of Hercules series, Niue 2018—2022, 5 Dollars, 2 oz, 45 mm, antique finish ultra high relief coin, gold plated, client: Magikos-Coins, producer: Mint of Poland.

Stay tuned for the next 6 coins!


Slay the Nemean lion

Niue 2018.

The last-minute changes (gilding) on Nemean Lion (the first project in Twelve Labours of Hercules series) determined the look of the whole series (read more here). Next five coins have been designed so that the gilded elements do not overload the whole composition.

Golden head of Nemean Lion
Golden head of Nemean Lion.

I had no problem with gilded elements on Lernaean Hydra (three small golden heads), Ceryneian Hind (golden horns—BTW if the hind is a female, it should not have horns 🙂 ), Erymanthian Boar (golden tusks) and Stymphalian Birds (metallic feathers). But what should I gild on Augean Stables? A shit? 😉 I don’t think the issuer would agree to that. According to the myth I could put in stables cleaning scene: the horses, the bulls, water and architecture… Nothing more. The horse has nothing special to gild—there is no harness (the horse must be unharnessed because it must be able to escape from the stable). The bull has horns to gild, but horns will be gilded on the seventh coin in this series—the Cretan Bull. There is no point in repeating the same gold plated motif. So the golden water? Too big surface to gild—we will have the same effect of overload as on Nemean Lion reverse. Would some architectural details work? Finally the Doric column in the hands of Hercules was gilded. Phew! I got it!

Slay the nine-headed Lernaean hydra

Niue 2019.

Hydra - the rough sketch
Hydra—the rough sketch.
Hydra - the final design.
The final design.
Hydra - the photo of the reverse
Hydra—photo of the reverse.
Hydra—close-up view
Close-up view of the coin.

Capture the Ceryneian hind

Niue 2020.

Ceryneian Hind—sketch.
The first sketch.
Ceryneian Hind—final design.
The final design.
Ceryneian Hind–reverse
The final photo of the reverse.

Capture the Erymanthian boar

Niue 2021.

Erymanthian Boar - the sketch.
The sketch.
Erymanthian Boar - the final design.
The final design.
Erymanthian Boar - the coin photo.
The photo of the coin.
Erymanthian Boar - close-up view
And the close-up view.

Clean the Augean stables

Niue 2021.

Augean Stables - the sketch.
Augean Stables—the sketch.
Augean Stables - the final design.
The final design.
Augean Stables - photo of the coin.
The coin.
Augean Stables - close-up view.
The column with cracks under quilding—close-up view.

Slay the Stymphalian birds

Niue 2022.

Stymphalian Birds - the sketch.
Stymphalian Birds—the first rough sketch.
Stymphalian Birds - the final design.
The final design.
Stymphalian Birds - the coin.
The coin.
Stymphalian Birds - close-up view
The perspective of the composition—close-up view.

The obverse in Twelve Labours of Hercules series was designed with the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. After the death of The Queen in 2022, next six coins in this series will have the obverse changed.

Stymphalian Birds—the obverse.
Stymphalian Birds—the obverse.