Seven wonders of the ancient world
The third of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World is the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus. The Czech Mint commemorates the legendary monument by issuance of a gold coin weighing one tenth of a troy ounce.
The Temple of Artemis, which stood in the city of Ephesos on the coast of Anatolia, was the largest Greek temple and one of the largest buildings of its time, measuring 110 metres long and 55 metres wide. It was not only the size of the temple that was impressive, but also its sculptural decoration. The massive Ionic columns in the front rows of the double outer colonnade were decorated with sculptures allegorically depicting the glorious deeds of gods and heroes. The sanctuary inside the temple was dominated by a beautiful representation of the goddess Artemis - the statue made of gold, silver, ebony and black stone was decorated with precious stones. Most of us think of Artemis as the patron saint of hunting, but because she was also the goddess of nature and fertility, her statue had many breasts. However, the shrine was not only used for religious purposes, but also as a place for trade, meetings, festivals and sports games.
The reverse side of the coin, which is the work of the medal maker Petra Brodská, DiS., presents a depiction of the Temple of Artemis, which is based, among other things, on contemporary coins. The English inscription states THE TEMPLE OF ARTEMIS AT EPHESUS. The obverse side, which is common to the entire cycle, then presents all seven wonders of the world - the Egyptian pyramids, the Hanging Gardens of Semiramis, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, the statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, the Colossus of Rhodes and the Lighthouse on the island of Pharos. As the coins of the Czech Mint are issued with the foreign licence of the island of Niue, their obverse side also bears the portrait and name of Queen Elizabeth II, the nominal value of 5 DOLLARS (NZD) and the year of issue 2022.
Each coin is sealed in a special packaging.
Note: The packaging is covered with foil to prevent damage during transport.