King Arthur Coin - Silver Siliqua of Arthur Pendragon
Legendary King of the Britons
This design was based on the legends of the historical King Arthur, who would have lived somewhere around the 5th century, supposedly one of the last holdouts of the Roman culture on the isle of Britannia. On the obverse is Arthur Pendragon and the inscription: Artorius dux Bellorum Brit, translating to Arthur, Warlord of the Britons. The reverse bears a victrix, a Roman-style female winged figure. This is thought to be related to the Norse concept of the Valkyrie, and to the later Christian imagery of angels. The inscription reads Mons Badonis, referring to Arthur's victory at Badon Hill. The mintmark PCAM refers to Camelot.
This Silver Siliqua of Arthur Pendragon is struck from solid .900 silver, measures 2 cm in diameter, and weighs about 2.4 grams, or 1/14 of a troy ounce. Coin artwork by Greg Franck-Weiby.
The product is treated to look as if it has been handled and circulated. This process is done by hand, and it is both an art and a science, coloring and patinas will vary. No two are exactly the same! Coins are struck one at a time in the USA using antique machinery and traditional coining techniques. A colorful description is included with history and facts about the coin.
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I bought this on a whim, and I'm glad I did! I normally collect ancient, medieval, and other world coins, but these historical fantasy coins looked so well-engraved, I thought 'why not'. Not only are they well-designed, they are beautiful in-hand, and are even minted on irregular flans, just like a real ancient coin. The Arthur Pendragon siliqua looks like the real-deal when placed next to the actual Constantinian-era siliqua in my collection. What a great buy!
SPM certainly knows how to work silver to make fine collection pieces. This is yet another example of their work.
Shire Post Mint takes great care and detail in every coin they make. They are an amazing company and they make fantastic products (including the Silver Siliqua)