Following on the wildly successful release of the Freya coin, the Perth Mint has now released the second coin in the Norse Goddesses series. This time the 2oz silver high relief coin is dedicated to the goddess Frigg(sometimes also referred to as Frigga).
Frigg is the old Norse(Viking) goddess of love, marriage, destiny, the sky and weaving. She is noted for being the wife of Odin, the ruler of the Gods, and the mother of Baldr(Baldur). As the Goddess of weaving she is responsible for weaving the clouds. She also keeps the threads of fate that control the destiny of all men and gods. She is seen as the protector of birthing women and is often depicted as a symbol of transition and new beginnings. The day Friday is named after her Frigg, as the Old English form was “Frīgedæg” (Frīge's day / day of Frigga).
The reverse of this impressive coin is crammed with symbolism representing Frigg. Frigg herself is depicted seated on Odin throne, cradling a newborn baby in one hand and holding a rose quartz pendant in the other. A Falcon is seated at her side and her woven threads are seen to the right. The coin features a rimless design and an ornate border is formed with mistletoe, roses and white candles to the bottom half of the coin. The word “FRIGG” is engraved to the right along with the “P” mint mark of the Perth Mint.
The rose quartz is a symbol used for love, motherhood and children. She carries the woven threads as the Goddess of weaving and destiny. The white candles is a reference to the blessing of Frigga, a tradition that is still observed today in some parts of the world. During childbirth a midwife would light a white candle that was last burned during the winter solstice, to invoke Frigg and ensure a safe delivery. The mistletoe refers to the legend of how her son Baldr was killed with a dart fashioned from a mistletoe plant.
The obverse of the coin by contrast simply features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II at it's centre, encircled by the coin's legend. It reads : “QUEEN ELIZABETH II”, “2 oz 9999 SILVER”, “2017”, “TUVALU” and “2 DOLLARS”.
The coin measures 40.6mm(1.598 inch) in diameter and is 6mm(inch) thick. The coin in minted by the Perth Mint with a legal tender denomination of two dollars under the authority of Tuvalu. These rimless, high relief silver coins are individually treated with an antique finish that further serve to highlight the coins relief and bold design.
With a limited mintage of only 2000 coins the Frigg 2017 2oz silver high relief coin is available to order directly from the Perth Mint website at a price of US$180.00(US$135) each. The coin is shipped in the same high quality packaging as the previous coin in the series. A carved wooden display box inside a printed vanity box.
This is the second coin in a planned three coin series. The Norse Goddesses series is a direct follow up to the Norse Gods coin series which depicted Odin, Thor and Loki. The Freya coin was the first to be released, followed by the Frigg coin here, that only leaves the Hel coin which is expected to be issued by the Perth Mint later in 2017. WNN will be sure to bring you a review of that coin when it is released.