Amber Route - Elblag Antique Finish

Niue Islands 2009 - $1 - Amber Route - Elblag - 28,28g LIMITED Silver Coin

10.000 of these coins were issued by Mint of Poland!
This antique finish silver coin comes with an amber stone and is dedicated to the ancient amber route.
$69.03

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Country Niue Islands
Year 2009
Face Value currency Dollar
Face Value number 1
Metal Silver - with Stone
Fineness 925/1000
Weight 28,28g
Diameter 38,61 mm
Edge Serrated
Mintage 10000
Quality Antique-Finish
Certificate of authenticity yes
Presentation Case no
Price $69.03
Coin Story

The coins are a tribute to the main cities through which the old route of commercial contacts went. This route connected the European states at the Mediterranean Sea and the land on the southern shore of the Baltic Sea. The route received its name thanks to trips organized mainly to get amber. The first trips to get this old subject of trade exchange were organized in the 5th century. The exact route has never been established unambiguously, however, it is assumed that it went through Kaliningrad, Gdańsk, Wrocław, Stare Hradisko, Cranuntum and Aquilei. Elbląg is a town in the northern part of Poland in the Warmińsko-Mazurskie Province. It is one of the oldest Polish towns (it was established in 1237 by the Teutonic Knights). In Elbląg there is a very important economic and cultural center, a railway and road junction and the biggest port in the province. In the past Elbląg witnessed very turbulent times. It was ruled by the Teutonic Knights, by Poles and in the 16th century it was occupied by the Swedes. The end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century are the times of a rapid development of the town. Then Elbląg competed with Gdańsk as a trade port. Many factories were founded, e.g. a cigar factory and a locomotive factory (now it belongs to “ELZAM”). At the end of World War II it was ruined by the incoming Russians. The Old Town was almost completely destroyed and it had been considered one of the biggest and most beautiful in Europe. In Elbląg there were also three sub-concentration camps of the Sztutów concentration camp. After the war the town was gradually re-constructed. To the main monuments of the town belongs the St. Nicholas Cathedral of the 13th – 15th centuries. It was rebuilt after a fire caused by a storm on January 26th, 1777. It has very valuable accessories (late Gothic triptych, a bronze baptismal font of 1387, a Gothic reliquary of the Holy Cross and tombstones of the mid 13th century).

Reverse Design

In the central part of the coin, the image of the Roman medallion representing the heads of two emperors: Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus facing each other, found in the excavation works in the area of Elbląg dating back to the times of the Roman Empire. Below, to the right – the image of the glazed goblet found near Elbląg, dating back to the times of the Roman Empire. To the left – St. Nicholas cathedral which is the most distinctive building in Elbląg. At the bottom of the coin – amber insertion. At the top, along the rim - a semicircular inscription in Polish: Szlak Bursztynowy (Amber Route).

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, a stylized 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 (m/w), on the left of the cart. On the right of the Queen’s head, an inscription: ELIZABETH II; under it, a year of issue: 2009.

Packaging

The Amber Route - Elblag silver coin comes encapsuled, with a Certificate of Authenticity.

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