How Man Conquered the Skies - Icarus

Niue Islands 2010 - $1 - How Man Conquered the Skies - Icarus - 28,28g LIMITED Silver Coin

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Country Niue Islands
Year 2010
Face Value currency Dollar
Face Value number 1
Metal Silver
Fineness 925/1000
Weight 28,28g
Dimensions 40 x 28 mm
Mintage 6000
Quality Proof
Certificate of authenticity yes
Presentation Case no
Price $57.33
Coin Story

Icarus and Deadalus are characters in Greek mythology, commonly known for them dream about the flying. Both were imprisoned at the hands of King Minos, the sovereign for whom Deadalus had built the Labyrinth to imprison the Minotaur (half man, half bull). The King was’t going to leave the superior craftsman, he needed Deadalus. Father and son decided to run by fashioned two pairs of wings. Icarus soared through the sky curiously, but in the process he came too close to the sun, which melted the wax. Icarus kept flapping his wings but soon realized that he had no feathers left and that he was only flapping his bare arms. And so, Icarus fell into the sea in the area which bears his name, the Icarian Sea near Icaria, an island southwest of Samos. Hellenistic writers who gave philosophical knowledge underpinnings to the myth also preferred more realistic variants, in which the escape from Crete was actually by boat, provided by Pasiphaë, for which Daedalus invented the first sails, to outstrip Minos' pursuing galleys, and that Icarus fell overboard en route to Sicily and drowned. Heracles erected a tomb for him. The effort of Icarus is a symbol of an burning ambition, an aspiratnion and a singleness of purpose.

Reverse Design

The central part of the coin: image of Icarus in its classical form, with raised wings of a bird, losing feathers, underneath a landscape. To the left of the coin: symbolic sun, surrounded by a traditional Greek ornament. Below an inscription: ICARUS.

Obverse Design

The central part of the coin features images of flying objects: a technical drawing of an Antonov plane wing, to the right an engine with a star pattern of pistons, to the left a profile of an aerobatics plane, and above it a bird’s wing. To the left side of the coin, along its rim an inscription: Niue Island and the face value: 1 Dollar, issue date: 2010. In the top part of the coin a likeness of the queen with the inscription: Elizabeth II, the mark of the Mint of Poland (MW), and along the rim the title of the series: “How Man Conquered the Skies”.


The How Man Conquered the Skies - Icarus silver coin comes encapsuled, with a Certificate of Authenticity.

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