Description of obverse and reverse
Reverse: In the central part of the coin – the portrait of Romeo and Juliet, looking at each other. The composition is complemented with a renaissance ornament, a delicate lower as a symbol of their mutual love and developing beauty. The lettered edge repeats “Romeo and Juliet” three times. The inscriptions are divided by hearts.
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
Romeo and Juliet is a Shakespearean drama presenting the tragic love of two young people whose story has become the model for romantic lovers. The piece was written between 1591 and 1595. When writing it, Shakespeare took heavily from the Italian romantic story and delivered to the public in verse in “The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet” (1562) by Arthur Brooke, and retold in prose in “Paradise of Pleasure” (1582) by William Painter. The play is generally considered to be one of the best love stories ever written. It tells of the fates of the lovers, Romeo and Juliet, who, except for their love, were separated by everything.