The latest coin features a dramatic scene from a famous Kartvelian poem
‘The Knight in the Panther’s Skin’, a national epic poem by 12th century Kartvelian poet and philosopher Shota Rustaveli, is considered to be one of the most significant works in the history of medieval literature. Inspired by this literary masterpiece, the experts at the Lithuanian Mint created an impressive series of coins and named it in honour of his best-known poem. We present the second coin in ‘The Knight in the Panther’s Skin’ series, depicting an impressive scene – Tariel fighting the wild beasts.
The Adrenaline of the Hunt
‘The Knight in the Panther’s Skin’ is a world-famous work by Shota Rustaveli, a real pride in Kartvelian history. The latest coin from the Lithuanian Mint reflects the part of the poem filled with adrenaline, fighting spirit, and emotions of victory. There is a fighting scene in this part, perfectly reflecting the entire famous poem.
The knight Tariel is one of the leading characters of this poem – he is madly in love with Nestan-Darejan. Obsessed with his feelings, Tariel wears the skin of a panther that reminds him of his beloved. One day, Tariel witnesses the fight between two wild beasts – a tiger and a lion. He kills the lion to defend the tiger, expecting that the tiger will be kind to him. Instead, the wild tiger almost kills him – luckily, the knight gains a victory against the beast.
Symbolism of masculine courage and strength
Tariel is a free spirit – young, wild, and unstoppable. The knight is compared to an animal in his unwavering ability to follow his heart without fear and for his stealth and intelligence as well. He is the eponymous Knight in the Panther’s Skin – a man of extremes: when Tariel loves, he does so with all his heart, but when Tariel hates, he is extremely violent and cannot be contained.
The reverse of the coin features the knight Tariel fighting a wild tiger and lion. The coin symbolizes the human ability to overcome even those challenges that seem insurmountable. Love and masculine strength can lead to victory.
The design of the coin is full of symbols. For example, the incredible natural rocks depicted in the background are a subtle nod to Sakartvelo – the country where the author of the poem, Shota Rustaveli, was from. The masters who minted this coin paid particular attention to detail, so it is exceptionally beautiful. High relief and state-of-the-art minting technologies were used. The obverse of the coin features a portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
We invite you to order the new coin of the Lithuanian Mint ‘Tariel Fighting the Wild Beasts‘ HERE.