One of the best-known legendary figures in all of Japan is Momotaro, a hero of divine provenance who gathered a group of animal companions to battle against an army of monstrous Oni who were robbing his home. Known to young children through songs and cartoons, books, movies, and stage dramas, Momotaro is a classic example of a “hero’s journey” figure who sets out against mighty challenges and returns home with wealth, success, and renown. In this case, the hero earns his victory by wrestling the chief of the Oni (which translated to “demons” or “ogres”) and breaking one of his horns, a deed celebrated in pure silver by the Legends of Japan collection with the 2020 Antique Samoa Momotaro and Demon Subdued in Ukiyoe 1 oz Silver Coin, available to you with a beautiful antique finish from Provident Metals.
The 2020 Antique Samoa Momotaro and Demon Subdued in Ukiyoe Silver Coin features high-relief engravings with details in one of Japan’s signature art styles, brought out vividly by its gorgeous antique finish. It ships secured in a plastic capsule, and each shipment is fully insured against loss or damage.
The obverse side of the coin features Samoa’s official coat of arms, which confirms it as legal tender. This is accompanied by inscriptions that verify its weight and silver contents along with the year and country of issue, all of it surrounded by a decorative border.
The same decorative border pattern repeats on the reverse side, where anukiyo-eengraving of Momotaro wrestling theOnitaijidominates the center. The famous scene contrasts against a backdrop of radiating sun rays.
The Legends of Japan collection celebrates some of the most iconic myths and folk tales from an immense cultural heritage. One of the most popular among those tales is the story of Momotaro, a supernatural hero who was sent by the gods inside a peach to answer the prayers of a childless couple. Their village was oppressed by the banditry of a group of monstrous Oni, and Momotaro eventually quested to overthrow this evil. He wrestled the chief of the Oni into submission, an image rendered on this coin in the signatureukiyo-estyle of the Edo Period when the legend was first written down.
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|Shipping||Orders over $199 Ship Free|
|Mint Mark||Not Shown|
|Certificate of Authenticity||No|
|Packaging Dimensions||3.4 x 2.6 x 0.4|
|Metal Content||1 Troy Ounce|