In 480 B.C., Persian King Xerxes I brought as many as 300,000 troops to crush the Greeks. But they were blocked at Thermopylae by a much smaller coalition of 7,000 Greeks. Led by Spartan King Leonidas and 300 Spartans, the Greeks held firm – even defeating Persia’s elite troops, the Immortals. However, after two days, Leonidas learned his enemy had moved to surround them. He ordered most of his army to retreat, while staying behind with his Spartans to hold the pass. They were eventually surrounded and killed, but their valor lives on.
Now, over 2,500 years later, recall their glory with this unique 3D helmet-shaped coin. Struck in 300 grams (9.6 ounces!) of 99.9% pure silver, it measures nearly 4 1/2" tall! Issued as $10 legal tender for the Solomon Islands, this impressive 2021 coin bears an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse. The reverse depicts a battle-scarred Spartan helmet, brought to life in antique bronze finish. Each coin comes in special matching packaging that looks like a Spartan warrior’s shield. But with an extremely low mintage of just 300 pieces, we have only 12 available. Order now, as these are sure to go quickly!
- Year: 2021
- Material: Silver
- Countries: Solomon Islands
- Presentation: With Case
- Product Type: Single Products