The Story of Osiris 5 Silver Coins Set
- Metal: Silver 999.0
- Weight: 25 g (each)
- Thickness: 2.10 mm
- Country: Niue Islands
- Denomination: $2
- Mintage Limit – 3000
- Coin in capsule+with Certificate of Authenticity + Presentation Case
A unique legal tender coin set of pure silver, The Story of Osiris dramatically depicts 5-deities central to Ancient Egypt’s most important creation myth. Rendered in both sculptural and low relief, the fabled features of Osiris, Isis, Horus, Set and Nephthys are enhanced by jewel-like colors inspired by Ancient originals.
Osiris is the God of the Afterlife. He ruled over the netherworld where the dead were made to stand in judgment before a divine tribunal. Those who were judged as having lived just and virtuous lives were granted admittance to the kingdom of Osiris where they would enjoy eternal life. Those who failed to live honorable lives were condemned to punishment, and ultimately, total destruction.
Isis is the Goddess of Magic and Fertility, as well as the wife of Osiris and mother of Horus. Her beauty, strength and devotion, and mastery of the magical arts helped her to ultimately become the feminine ideal of the Egyptians. So popular was Isis that, with the rise of the Roman Empire, her cult quickly spread throughout the Mediterranean world.
Horus is the son of Osiris and Isis and was known as the God of the Sky. As the sky he was believed to contain both the sun and moon, with the sun residing in his right eye and the moon in his left. The sun and moon were thought to cross the sky when Horus was in flight in the form of a falcon.
Set is the God of Chaos. His prevailing role in the Osirian myth is that of the main adversary who is ultimately bested by Osiris’ son Horus and driven back into the desert over which he holds dominion. Indeed, he was the divine personification of desert storms and destruction. Prior to the unification of the two regions of Egypt, Set was revered as the god of Upper Egypt while Horus ruled Lower Egypt.
Nephthys is the benevolent Goddess of Mourning and the wife of Set. Her role in the Osirian myth is primarily in providing assistance to Isis in gathering the scattered pieces of Osiris and mourning him in the funerary rites. She is also described as the ‘nursing-mother’ of Horus, while Isis is the ‘birth-mother.’