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  • Creatures of Greek Mythology Cerberus Silver Coin

Creatures of Greek Mythology - Cerberus Silver Coin


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New Zealand Mint is pleased to present Creatures of Greek Mythology – Cerberus 1 oz Silver Coin – the first release in this exciting new coin collection.

The coin design shows the engraved illustration of the mythical 3-headed Cerberus, one of the most recognised creatures in Greek Mythology, guarding the entrance of Hades, the kingdom of the dead. Cerberus is known as the guardian of Hades and his sole task was to prevent ghosts of the dead from leaving the underworld and the living from entering it.

This stunning coin is packaged in a brown, faux-suede soft drawstring bag, styled after ancient Greek money pouches. The coin sits in an especially designed pocket within the money pouch and the Certificate of Authenticity is printed on the inside of the packaging.

The exciting new Creatures of Greek Mythology coin collection would appeal to those who have interests in mythology, historical culture or enjoy traditional coin collecting.

This highly collectible 1 oz proof silver coin has a worldwide Limited Mintage of only 2,000 coins.

Style Number: 30-00418

Precious Metal:
Silver Coins
1 oz

Technical Specifications

  • Coin Collection: Creatures of Greek Mythology
  • Coin Metal: 999 Fine Silver
  • Coin Weight: 1 oz
  • Coin Finish: Proof
  • Coin Diameter: 40mm (Nominal)
  • Coin Edge: Milled
  • Coin Denomination: $2
  • Year of Issue: 2015
  • Coin Mintage: 2,000
  • Effigy: Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
  • Country of Issue: Niue

Coin Story

Cerberus is one of the most recognised creatures in Greek mythology. Known as the guardian of Hades, his sole task was to prevent ghosts of the dead from leaving the underworld and the living from entering it.

Featuring in works of Ancient Greek literature, art and architecture, Cerberus was described in many varied ways. The most common of these represents him as a dog with three ferocious heads, the tail of a serpent, and claws of a lion. These three heads both see and represent the past, the present, and the future. It has also been argued that they signify birth, youth, and old age.

Born to Typhon and Echidna, Cerberus was a great and fearsome creature.  Feared by Heroes, there are very few myths in Greek mythology where he is tricked or defeated.  Only Orpheus, the famed musician, lulled Cerberus to sleep with his beautiful music in order to slip into Hades.

It is said that the twelfth and final labour given to Hercules by King Eurystheus was to capture Cerberus. Assisted by some of the Gods, Hercules managed to enter the Underworld and find Hades in order to ask his permission to take Cerberus to the earth’s surface. Hades agreed under the condition that no weapons may be used. Hercules managed to overpower Cerberus and brought him to King Eurystheus, thereby completing his twelve labours.


Creatures of Greek Mythology Coin Collection


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My first purchase from the NZ Mint, and was impressed with speed that it arrived. The artists interpretation of Cerberus, looks great and the overall appearance is well done. The idea of the leather pouch is creative, and having all the information printed on it is a nice touch. I didn't have any coins on greek mythology in my collection before this, and i am glad to have come across this and the other coins in this series. I plan to purchase other coins from this series .

(Posted on 27 Aug 2017)

- Canada

Like the idea of the pouch, but can't get a good look at the coin without ripping the stitching on the pouch to get it out. Same problem with the Centaur coin!

(Posted on 17 Jan 2016)