Amber Router - Carnuntum Proof

Niue Islands 2011 - $5 - Amber Router - Carnuntum - 15,5g LIMITED Silver Coin

12.000 of these coins were issued by Mint of Poland!
This Proof silver coin comes with an amber stone and is dedicated to the ancient amber route.
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Country Niue Islands
Year 2011
Face Value currency Dollar
Face Value number 5
Metal Silver
Fineness 900/1000
Weight 15,5g
Diameter 27 mm
Edge Serrated
Mintage 12000
Quality Proof
Certificate of authenticity yes
Presentation Case no
Price $71.98
Coin Story

Carnuntum is the biggest Roman monument in Central Europe. It is located in today’s Austria (between the villages of Bad Deutsch-Altenburg and Petronell). Initially a Celtic settlement, it was then transformed by the Romans into a military camp and soon a civilian town was created in its vicinity. It then became the capital of the Roman province of Pannonia, and from the 2nd century – Pannonia Superior. Carnuntum was for a long period an important cultural and economic center on the map of the Roman Empire. It was the last Roman Empire town on the Amber Route. The significance of Carnuntum lies in its borderline location – the area behind the Danube, today’s Bratislava, was at that time occupied by the barbarians. For this reason, Carnuntum was not only a town, but also a powerful fortress with a series of fortifications which were to protect the northern borders of the Empire. The most famous monument of Carnuntum is Heidentor – a triumphal arch called the Heathens' Gate, built in the honor of Emperor Constantius II. The city also had an amphitheater, numerous bath houses and temples (dedicated to Jupiter, Venus and Mithras), as well as a sewage system under the streets. In the town there were numerous production enterprises, including a brickyard famous in the whole Pannonia.

Reverse Design

On the left side – an image of triumphal arch the Heidentor, which was build for Emperor Constantinus II. Below of it - an image of a Roman coin dating back to the times of the existence of the Amber Route, next to it – an amber insertion. On the right side – an image of an antique sculpture of the goddess Venus. At the top, along the rim – semicircular inscription - CARNUNTUM.

Obverse Design

In the centre, a stylized image of a cart, in which ambers were carried by the Romans from Baltic Sea to Italy. Behind the cart, on the left, a stylized image of a head of the Roman. On the background, an image of a map with Baltic Sea outline. At the top, along the edge, a semicircular inscription: AMBER ROUTE. At the bottom, a semicircular inscription: NIUE ISLAND; above it, a nominal value: 1 dollar. An image of the Queen Elizabeth II with the Mint’s mark (MW), on the left of the cart. On the right of the Queen’s head, an inscription: ELIZABETH II; under it, a year of issue: 2011.

Packaging

The Amber Router - Carnuntum Gilded silver coin comes encapsuled, with a Certificate of Authenticity.

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