Description of obverse and reverse
Reverse: In the central part of the coin – a portrait of Samson and Delilah turned backwards to each other. In the background: Samson’s cut locks of hair, creating an interesting ornament. The coin also features an inscription around its edge: a repeating “Samson and Delilah”, separated by the image of a heart.
Obverse: In the central part of the coin – the likeness of Anteros, designed based on the Piccadilly Circus memorial in London, also known as the Angel of Christian Charity. Anteros, the younger brother of Eros, was the god of requited and fulilled love, but also the avenger of scorned and unrequited love. Along the edge, at the bottom, to the let – the inscription: “Niue Island”, and at the bottom and to the right –“1 Dollar 2010”.
A brief annotation
The story of Samson and Delilah is taken from the Bible, the Old Testament. Samson was one of last Judges of the ancient Israelites, described in the Book of Judges. He was granted superhuman strength and was capable of extraordinary exploits. The source of Samson’s strength, which he concealed, was his long hair, uncut since he was born. He only revealed his secret to his lover, which ultimately led to his demise. Samson fell deeply in love with a Philistine woman, Delilah, who was then bribed by the Philistine leaders to extract the secret from Samson. Questioned heavily, Samson tried to evade the answer on three occasions, but then Delilah claimed he did not love her. The blackmail trick worked and Delilah inally got the answer she was after. She then managed to have Samson fall asleep on her lap and sent for his enemies who shaved his head.