Daedalus and Icarus – Mythology
Mint of Gdansk
Antique Finish, High Relief, Numbered Edge, Selective gold plating
Description of obverse and reverse
The reverse shows all the essential elements of the myth of Daedalus and Icarus. The gilding at the top of the coin is a symbol of the sun, which influenced the fate of Daedalus and Icarus. The shade of gold is illustrative - it may vary on the finished coin. The irregular shape of the coin makes the sea seem unusually rough.
On the obverse of the coin there is a symbolic image of a labyrinth – the construction of which was one of Daedalus' most important works
A brief annotation
Daedalus and Icarus are characters from Greek mythology. Daedalus found a way to leave the Island Crete. He made wings for himself and his son Icarus from bird feathers glued together with wax. Before fleeing, he instructed Icarus that he must not fly too close to the sun, as the wax would melt, nor too close to the water, as the feathers would stick together. At the moment of flight, Icarus became enthralled with flight and forgot his father's advice. He flew too close to the sun, which caused his wings to melt and Icarus fell into the water.
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