Lucky Coins - Horseshoe Gold Inlay

Niue Islands 2012 - $2 - Lucky Coins - Horseshoe Gold Inlay - 28,28 LIMITED Silver Coin

15.000 of these coins were issued by Mint of Poland!
This silver coin comes with a gold filigree insert and is dedicated to luck.
$92.43

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Country Niue Islands
Year 2012
Face Value currency Dollar
Face Value number 2
Metal Silver
Fineness 925/1000
Weight 28,28g
Diameter 41 mm
Mintage 15000
Quality Proof
Certificate of authenticity yes
Presentation Case yes
Price $92.43
Coin Story

The horseshoe has been the most widely recognized symbol of good luck. Horseshoes were used to protect horse hooves as early as in the ancient times. Initially they were wooden, leather or wicker shoes, until in the 6th century the Greeks invented iron horseshoes. Horses lost their shoes with time and the finders thought that since they protected the horses they could also be protecting people from bad luck – hence the tradition of nailing horseshoes to the doors of houses and stables. The ancient peoples also developed horse cults, believing they had the ability to see the future and warn the rider of imminent mishaps. In addition, iron was believed to be magical and immune to evil. The shape of the horseshoe had tremendous meaning, too, crescent-like, widely believed to be a symbol of happiness and fertility. To Christians its shape was like the letter C, thus being a symbol of Christ. In the Middle Ages the horseshoe continued to be treated as a charm. It was believed that when accidentally found, it brought good luck. It was paramount that it was hung with the ends pointing upwards so the good luck it held did not get out of it. An inseparable part of the horseshoe story is the 959 AD legend associated with St Dunstan, the Archbishop of Canterbury. As a young blacksmith he met the Devil who demanded that Dunstan shoed his hooves. The blacksmith could not be fooled and bound the Devil and continued to hurt him for as long as the Devil promised not to enter any place over which a horseshoe hung. To date the horseshoe is a symbol of happiness, and people continue to collect it, confident it has exceptional powers.

Reverse Design

In the main part of the coin an insert made up of a transparent capsule containing a 24ct gold plated filigree element. At the background the images of horseshoes/four-leaf clovers/ladybirds/elephants. At the bottom, on the left, along the rim an inscription: “GOOD LUCK”.

Obverse Design

In the main part of the coin an insert made up of a transparent capsule containing a 24ct gold plated filigree element. At the top the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and semicircular inscriptions: ELIZABETH II, NIUE ISLAND (issuer) the mint’s mark (m/w), 2 DOLLARS 2012 (face value, year of issue).

Packaging

The Lucky Coins - Horseshoe Gold Inlay silver coin comes encapsuled, in a neat blister pack, with a Certificate of Authenticity.

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