This beautiful series focuses on and showcases five mythical creatures. Struck by The Perth Mint from 1 oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality, the coin is issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Tuvalu. This coin program will raise a sum of $25,000 as charity funds for UNICEF-Australia.
The coin’s reverse portrays a magnificent coloured griffin against a backdrop of mountains and sky, along with the inscription ‘griffin’ and the monetary denomination. This mythical creature is part eagle, part lion and known for its bravery and strength. Issued as Tuvalu legal tender, the coin’s obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the year-date and the monetary denomination.
BACKGROUND AND HISTORY
The Griffin The griffin is a fascinating mythical creature whose roots reach from western Europe to the Eastern edges of India and beyond. In any mythology, the griffin is portrayed as a mix between an eagle and a lion. In all cases, this creature is shown as having the head of an eagle and the body of a lion. Sometimes it is depicted as having a long snake for a tail. Most of the time, only the female has wings and males have spikes on their backs instead of wings. Griffins are usually heroic symbols. They are well known for their speed, ability to fly and having eyes like an eagle, as well as the strength and courage of a lion. As they represented both wisdom and power, griffins were commonly associated with strength in war, thus being an obvious choice for many coats of arms from ancient to medieval families and armies.
The "Mythical Creatures" series is composed by five coins: