The ancient Norse and Germanic peoples were famous for having an unusual conception of the afterlife: a mighty hall presided over by the supreme god Odin, where the souls of the valiant dead of the world’s battlefields went on fighting and feasting. Tasked with gathering those souls to Valhalla were a host of celestial warrior maidens called the Valkyries, whose iconic mythology has survived to inspire people right into the modern day. The Germania Mint celebrates the idea of the Valkyrie with a series of pure silver rounds notable for their craftsmanship and attention to detail, and the second release in the series imagines the goddess Ostara as a part of that tradition. The 2023 Germania Valkyries Ostara 1 oz Silver Round is now on offer from Provident Metals.
The 2023 Germania Valkyries Ostara Silver Round features high-relief engraved artwork and comes in a secure plastic capsule. All shipments are fully insured against loss or damage by Provident Metals.
The round’s obverse side shows Ostara beside her sacred animals, the deer, and the hare, with an inscription of her name appearing above. She sports a simple gown and a floral garland, with a sacred Berkanan rune at her neckline representing the power of regeneration.
The Berkanan rune reappears on the reverse as part of a decorative border surrounding the design of an ancient Germanic wooden shield. A boss at its center is flanked by the Mint’s double eagle and a deer, and is accompanied by the inscriptions “GERMANIA 2023,” “1 oz Ag 999.9,” and “5 MARK.”
The goddess Ostara was — and is — a deity associated with springtime, the triumph of life over death, the power of fertility, and the revivifying light of the dawn. To the Saxons, she was known as Eostre, and efforts by folklorists and other scholars began in the 19th century to reconstruct what her myths and the patterns of her worship might have looked like, including theorized links between her ritual spring feasts and the shaping of the holiday we know as Easter. She is believed to have been related to Freyja, the commander of the Valkyries, making her a natural subject for celebration in the Valkyries coin series.
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