Niue 1 Dollar 2009 Elblag

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The Amber Route Elblag

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Weight 28,28 gr.
Composition / Metal Silver .925 Oxidized
Date 2009
Mintage 10,000 pieces
Condition / Grading Proof
Diameter / Size 38,61 mm.
Certificate COA Mint of Poland

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This beautiful coin is part of the series that pays tribute to the main cities which lay along the ancient route of commercial contacts. The route connected the European states at the Mediterranean Sea and the lands on the southern shore of the Baltic Sea. The route was named after the major object of the traveler's desire, which was amber.

On the obverse is an image of a cart on which ambers were carried by the Romans from Baltic Sea to Italy. Behind the cart on the left is an image of a helmed Roman. The background has an image of a map with the Baltic Sea outlined. There is also an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The reverse design features the image of the Roman medallion representing the heads of two emperors: Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus facing each other. This medallion was found during an excavation in the area of Elblag dating back to the times of the Roman Empire.

Below and to the right is an image of the glazed goblet also found near Elblag. On the left side is St. Nicholas cathedral which is the most distinctive building in Elblag. At the bottom is the amber insertion. Each coin comes encapsulated and with a certificate of authenticity from the Mint of Poland.

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