The reverse of the collector coin depicts a magical moment – a grandmother sitting in a warm, cosy parlour, telling her grandchildren fairy tales by the light of an oil lamp. A lonely Evil Queen, a symbol of solitude and gloom that only appears in a blizzard, watches them enviously through the darkened window. Although her head is adorned with a diadem resembling ice crystals and her chest with a snowflake-shaped amulet, the queen’s wistful gaze betrays her doubt: is the queen truly so heartless that not even true goodness can melt her frozen heart?
The scene depicted in the coin is not only the motif of a well-known fairy tale, but also a metaphorical allegory for human virtues: sincerity and empathy. As we grow up, we forget to let warmth enter our hearts, we avoid displaying our true feelings and employ indifference as a weapon. That’s why The Snow Queen reminds us that the sincerity of children can melt even the coldest heart – as the Christian Gospel according to Matthew puts it: “Unless you change and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 18, 1–5. 10. 12–14).
Craftsmen at the Lithuanian Mint employed sophisticated minting technology – high relief and UV printing – to convey the image of the Snow Queen. The silver-plated collector coin is also embellished with Swarovski crystals of various sizes, shapes and colours: ice-coloured oval and round crystals for the Queen’s tiara, and indigo blue round crystal for the amulet.
The obverse of the coin has a portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II surrounded by a frame representing ice. This exquisite artwork will make a perfect symbolic gift for those you wish to show your care or remind of your devotion. The Snow Queen coin comes in a special round box.
Do you wonder why HM Queen Elizabeth II or other symbols of Niue are depicted on the coin? Read more HERE.