According to Scandinavian tales, the Kraken lives on the coasts of Norway and Greenland and terrorizes local sailors. Krakens, or cephalopods like them, are said to attack ships and kill travelers, and once they have had their stomach filled, they like to play with the bones of their victims.
The reverse side depicts a legendary sea terror – the mythical creature Kraken – ravaging a ship it has encountered at sea. The meticulous detail and the lush depths of the sea add to the drama of the coin.
The obverse of the coin is divided into four sections, which contain all the coins of the ‘Mythical Creatures’ series: ‘Labyrinth of the Minotaur’, ‘Sirens’, ‘The Nest of the Harpies’, and ‘Sea Monster Kraken’. These mythical creatures are often found in Greek mythology.
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