Obverse: Personification of Galia and Germania
Reverse: The Germania Mint coat of arms
Galia and Germania is the sixth and final coin in the Allegories series, which will reach collectors in 2023. The series depicts personifications of countries from around the world in the form of beautiful, voluptuous and strong women. This year’s coin, symbolising victory over the occupying forces, is intended to bring hope and solace.
Galia and Germania share a common history of being inhabited by other tribes and confronting the Roman Empire.
The Allegories coins are created in one diameter of 38.61 mm and four different heights and weights, from 3 mm for the 1 oz coin to 25.85 mm for 10 oz coin, which is exceptional not only because of its thickness the blanks, from which it has been minted, were processed manually.
The obverse of the coin depicts the personifications of Galia and Germania, shown as young and beautiful women. They stand together, joining their hands as a sign of victory. Their swords are sheathed after the battle and the debris of the defeated Roman Empire lies beneath their feet.
In the artistic vision of the Germania Mint project, Galia is clad in a Roman breastplate and sandals that indicate the intermingling of cultures, enforced by the need to cooperate with the occupying power. In her hand she wields a Gaulish spear and on her head is a distinctive Gaulish diadem with wings.
Germania’s head is adorned with an oak branch – a tree that has accompanied her since the beginning of the series. In her hand, she holds a shield with the image of a two-headed eagle.
According to the previous series, the image on the reverse is the coat of arms representing moral principles and noble values. Germania was a historical land and has never been an official country, that’s why we’ve decided to create our own interpretation of its coat of arms. Its symbols and design are a Creative tion of our imagination, however it has been created in accordance with applicable heraldry rules.
The crowned shield has been divided into four parts, from which each has a traditional meaning, precisely defined by heraldry. The shield itself is a symbol of truth, loyalty and trust. The crown equals authority and nobility as well as chivalry.
Germania Mint’s visualisation of the Bicephalous eagle – a Roman mythology symbol associated with Janus, god of all origins, guardian of doors, gates, passages and bridges, patron of contracts and alliances. Heads facing opposite sides symbolize the past and the future.
The check pattern refers to wisdom and prudence – characteristics of every noble sovereign.
The gold ribbon with three flowers. Flowers represent determining values of a strong and independent nation – unity, integrity and freedom.
The wild boar symbol of mightiness was a very popular and respectful animal in Roman Empire. Legio I Italica, Legio X Fretensis and Legio XX Valeria Victrix are three of the most famous Roman legions with boar in their emblem.
The Coat of Arms is surrounded by the wreath of oak leaves. Wreath symbolizes loyalty, stability and national unity. In Mythology and ancient times only people who wielded enormous power – spirit, muscle or magic – were allowed to wear it.
All values presented in symbolism above, were respected by Germania and Polonia.
The coin is placed in a dedicated capsule with a lens, which secures and allows to admire the coin without the necessity of taking it out of the capsule.
All coins are certified. The COA included in each set provides all necessary information and guarantees coins value.
Source: Allegories: Galia & Germania 5 oz Silver BU - Germania Mint