The national epic poem 'The Knight in the Panther’s Skin' by the 12th century Kartvelian poet and thinker Shota Rustaveli is considered one of the most significant works in the history of medieval literature. Until the early 20th century, a copy of this poem even was a part of the dowry of every Kartvelian bride. Inspired by this literary masterpiece, the Lithuanian Mint created an impressive series of coins named after the poem. The first coin in the series, 'The Coronation of Tinatin', reflects one of the most important parts of the famous poem – the coronation episode of Tinatin.
The reverse depicts the coronation of Tinatin. Much attention has been paid to fine details and patterns to convey the spirit of the times and the atmosphere of the work. The minting process is highly precise and exact, thus, the work is particularly fascinating in its detailing – each element is like a separate piece, but together they combine to create a whole, conveying the unique traditional Kartvelian symbolism.
The obverse of the coin features a portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
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