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Lady of Fortune

Lady of Fortune

The Lady of Fortune has long held sway over the fates of sailors, for it was she who determined which way the wheel of fortune spun for every person aboard. In these Lady of Fortune silver coins, she stands upon the rota fortunate, the wheel of fortune. Whether the wheel stops at good luck or bad, it never stays at one setting for long. Fortunes change as often as the direction in which the wheel spins.

Sailors depended on the Lady of Fortune for successful voyages; she led their ships into safe waters from her position on the figurehead where she was often carved. To ensure their good fortune, sailors even anointed the ship’s deck with wine to gain her favour.

The 2014 Lady of Fortune Tokelau coins in their diamondesque shapes, offer both a coloured traditional proof finish and a coloured antique finish. The traditional proof finishes reveal remarkable details that include mythical sea creatures enjoying the fruits of the sea, playful dolphins heralding each point of the diamond, and the legend “Fortuna Venit,” which means that when fortune comes, happiness also comes.

Minted by B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprageanstalt GmbH, these coins have become favourites of collectors because of the symbolism of each detail and the incredible craftsmanship that has gone into minting these proof quality tokens of good luck.

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