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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.

Tokelau's Lady of Fortune program began in 2014 and introduced the world to its distinctive diamondesque shape.  The coins are minted to the highest quality proof with colour on the reverse to highlight the design. The latest coin in the series, dated 2018, features a more modern lady of fortune with the wheel of fortune positioned as an ornament in her flowing hair while gold coins fall down on her shoulder. The legend “Fortuna Rota, Fortuna Venit,” which means that when fortune comes, happiness also comes, appears on the reverse.

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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