2021 Cameroon 2000 Francs 3oz Silver Coin - Rusalka - Slavic Bestiary
The first coin from the extremely interesting "Slavic Beastiary" series.
The coin was struck from 3 ounces of pure silver with a total weight of 93.3 grams. 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.
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.