2020 2 oz Silver Germania Warriors Ariowit
First introduced by Germania Mint, The Warriors series featured the incredibly powerful, inaugural offering, Berserk. The series is based upon the ancient Germanic warriors, the stories of which both European history and legend abound. The Warrior series of Germania Mint depicts a sense of the fierce savagery of these ancient warriors while in battle, as well as their humanity as they lived as families in simple tribal communities. This promises to be a truly remarkable series, as the second offering of this 2020 2 oz Silver Germania Warriors Ariowit masterfully establishes.
In battle, Ariowit unleashed a fierce, yet highly intelligent leadership. His massive, muscular and battle-scarred body clearly proved his ability to match any opponent. As noted by the mint, “He came from a brave tribe whose conquests stretched from the former Gaul to the far reaches of the Indian Peninsula. With unprecedented bravery and determination, he forced Julius Caesar to make peace and give away his sister.
With Ariowit’s strength and powerfully built body, he aroused fear long before the battle began. During the clashes, he gave vent to his innate wild nature, but also to an incredible intelligence. Attacking under cover of night, with his black painted equipment and body, together with his companions he spread terror among enemies through strength, combat skills and a truly hellish appearance.”
Interestingly, the scene depicted shows the same village as that displayed in the background of the home of Berserk, although from a different vantage. As with Beserk, to see him depicted in the context of his simple tribal village of hand-hewn wooden houses and fenced yards, it becomes clear that he was yet a man. Once the wild fury of battle had subsided, the warrior returns to his home.
Every aspect of the antiqued, high-relief design displayed on this 2019 2 oz Silver Germania Warriors Ariowit, has been meticulously crafted! As noted by the mint, “Striving for perfection on the second coin from the series, we managed to achieve an even higher relief, while maintaining the unusual precision and detail of the design.”
The obverse features a broadsword with selective gold plating matching that which is resting in the scabbard on the bare back of Ariowit in the reverse image. The sword handle is also embellished with Celtic drawings, concealing images of wolves.
To the right of the axe is the Bicephalous Eagle, an image of a two-headed eagle that reaches deep into ancient history. As noted by the mint, “The two-headed eagle is a symbol appearing in Roman mythology associated with Janus ‑ the god of all origins, guardian of doors, gates, passages and bridges, the patron of allied agreements and arrangements. Heads facing the opposite symbolize the past and the future. The lightning bolts held in the claws of an eagle are a divine attribute, symbolizing strength and the power of creation and destruction.”
The background is textured, with a beaded border at the rim along with a second braided border. Between the two is a band of alternating triangle-shaped Gaelic knot designs encircling the rim. Within the triangles at the top rim are very small circles, each containing a single letter, spelling “GERMANIA MAGNA.” Inscriptions include “GERMANIA 2020 10 MARK 2 oz Ag 999.9.”
The reverse features Ariowit standing in front of the tribal community setting, battle ready, wearing a wolf head as his warrior headdress. His full beard is loosely braided, covering much of his massive, muscular, battle-scarred chest. It is no wonder those unfortunate enough to encounter Ariowit in battle believed him to be a wild beast!
His broadsword is resting in the scabbard on his back. The decorated shoulder and chest strap of the scabbard is also selectively gold plated. Behind him is shown somewhat of an unexpected peaceful view of his tribal homestead, with the forest stretching behind it. The single inscription, “ARIOWIT” is at the top right rim.
This second high-relief, antiqued release of The Warriors series of Germania Mint far exceeds our high expectations. With an extremely limited edge-numbered mintage of only 499 for worldwide distribution, you will need to be quick!
- 2019 2 oz Silver Germania Warriors Ariowit.
- Second release of The Warriors series.
- Extremely limited mintage of only 499.
- Each medallion is edge numbered and accompanied by matching certificate.
- Struck in high-relief, masterfully antiqued, and highlighted with selective gold plating.
- Obverse: Displays a broadsword with selective gold plating and the image of the magnificent Bicephalous Eagle. Inscriptions include ” GERMANIA 2020 10 MARK 2 oz Ag 999.9.”
- Reverse: Features the warrior Ariowit fully readied for battle, with a wolf head as his headdress. His broadsword rests in the upon his back as he awaits the darkness of the approaching night. The single inscription, “ARIOWIT” is displayed at the top right.
- Produced by Germania Mint.
- Packaging: Encapsulated in an attractive wooden storage box bearing Germania Mint’s golden hallmark along with a Certificate of Authenticity.
- Silver Round Medallion ‑ not legal tender.
The Warriors of Germania Mint
As noted by the mint:
- “Germanic warriors ‑
- ” Each land has its own legends and in them stories about its darkest warriors. Germania was no exception…Among the nomadic people inhabiting Germania lived one of the most effective and at the same time the cruelest fighters in the history of Europe.
In the first century, the Roman historian Tacitus described them as ghostly fighters in the service of god Odin. Using black shields, painting their bodies and attacking as a ” dark army ” at night, they spread terror among their opponents. The Germania warriors were characterized by above-average strength, which surpassed their enemies. They were faithful to their innate savagery and belligerent instincts, choosing dark nights and the cruelest weapons. A shadow of the ghostly army was causing panic, because no enemy could bear the sight of such unexpected and infernal.
Living in simple tribal structures were characterized by traditional principles and hierarchy, following natural leaders, while maintaining independence as a community. The Germanic warriors had a fierce reputation, considered almost barbaric on the battlefield. It was well deserved, because they fought with passion, honesty and a bit of war tactics.”