During the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC, King Leonidas I led the Spartans in a clash against Xerxes I and the Persian Army. Prior to the battle, Xerxes’ demanded that King Leonidas and his Spartan army lay down their weapons. The King bravely retorted in his Greek tongue: “Molon labe!”
“Come and take!”
Severely outnumbered, the Spartans fought bravely for three days and, though ultimately defeated, they did not go down without a fight. Today, this Intaglio 2 oz Silver Molon Labe Round pays tribute to Leonidas’ comeback that still rings through the centuries.
The Intaglio Mint Silver Molon Labe round is intricately sculpted in a high relief format from 2 oz .999 pure silver. Each round is a substantial 6 mm thick with a beautiful reeded edge.
The obverse features the profile of a fully-armed Spartan soldier in front of a battle scene, with spear raised in mid-strike.The Greek letter lambda, a well-known Spartan symbol, is engraved on his neck clasp. “MOLON LABE” is inscribed at the point of the spear.
The reverse features the Intaglio Mint logo in high relief set on a radial burst. The image is surrounded by a stippled border reading “TWO TROY OUNCES” above and “.999 FINE SILVER” below on a textured background. Four bullet points flank each side.