Rusalka – Slavic Bestiary
Mint of Gdansk
Antique Finish, Printing UV, High Relief, Numbered Edge, Selective gold plating
Description of obverse and reverse
The reverse of the coin shows a mysterious image of a rusalka emerging from the water. Around her float aquatic creatures among characteristic vegetation. A special colour print was applied to the water, thanks to which the silver rusalka contrasts wonderfully with the background. The water lily has also been colourfully printed. This flower is deeply rooted in literature, art and heraldry. Below the lily is the gilded name of the coin and the series.
The obverse of the coin is rich in mystical details related to flora and fauna. It also features the issuer's coat of arms, the year of issue, the denomination and the silver sample.
A brief annotation
In Slavic mythology rusalkas were demonic creatures inhabiting forests, fields and bodies of water. They were imagined as beautiful, naked girls with long, loose hair. They laughed loudly and sang. They appeared during the new moon and attracted young men to them. If anyone approached them, the hair of the mermaids turned green and their faces twisted. The rusalkas would kill lured people who touched them. It was believed that maidens who died before they could get married became rusalkas.