AZTEC DRAGON – DRAGONS SERIES – 2020 2 oz $2 Ultra High Relief Antique Silver Coin with Azurite Insert- Niue
Third coin in series!
Back with the third entrant, the Dragon series from the Mint of Poland returns and heads over the Atlantic to the New World for inspiration. You don’t often associate the Aztecs with dragons, but Quetzalcoatl was actually the feathered serpent god, and what, after all, is a dragon?
Quetzalcóatl (pron. Quet-zal-co-at) was one of the most important gods in ancient Mesoamerica. The god known as the Plumed Serpent is a mix of bird and rattle snake and his name is a combination of the Nahuatl words for the quetzal – the emerald plumed bird – and coatl or serpent. He was also known as Kukulkán to the Maya, Gucumatz to the Quiché of Guatemala, and Ehecatl to the Huastecs of the Gulf Coast. He was regarded as the god of winds and rain and as the creator of the world and mankind. In Central Mexico from 1200 CE he was also considered the patron god of priests and merchants and considered the god of learning, science, agriculture, crafts and the arts. He also invented the calendar, was identified with Venus, the rising morning star, he was associated with opossums and even discovered corn (maize) with the help of giant red ant that led him to a mountain packed full of grain and seeds.
Quetzalcóatl was the son of the primordial androgynous god Ometeotl. In Aztec mythology he was the brother of Tezcatlipoca, Huizilopochtli and Xipe Totec. He is the 9th of the 13 Lords of the Day and is often associated with the rain god Tláloc. The god was particularly associated with the sacred site of Cholula, an important place of pilgrimage from 1200 CE and all round Aztec buildings were dedicated to the deity.
Material: Fine Silver (99.9%)
Features: High Relief, Antique Finish and Azurite Insert
Weight: 2 oz
Face Value: $2.00