The exciting Battles That Changed History coin collection continues with the Battle of Marathon 1oz Silver Coin.
In September 490 BC, a vastly outnumbered group of Athenians defeated Persian forces at the Battle of Marathon, Greece.
The Athenians marched to Marathon to meet the Persian force but stalled the battle whilst waiting for reinforcements from Sparta.
Finally, one of the Greek generals — Miltiades — convinced his fellow generals to attack. Using his knowledge of Persian battle tactics, and in an act that surprised his enemy, he ordered his Greek warriors to attack the Persian line at a dead run — thereby reducing the impact of the Persian archers. He also weakened his centre and reinforced his wings and, although the Athenian centre broke, it held long enough for his troops to envelop the Persians which caused confusion among the invaders. As the Persians fled back to their ships, large numbers were slaughtered.
The defeat at Marathon marked the end of the first Persian invasion of Greece. It gave the Greeks confidence in their ability to defend themselves and belief in their continued existence.
This impressive fine silver coin features a coloured illustration of Athenian General Miltiades. He stands against an antique, engraved background showing Greek and Persian troops engaged in close quarters combat.
The coin sits proudly inside an antique-looking timber box with a black velvet interior. The themed outer box features a black line art illustration of the battle imposed over an antiqued paper texture. Inside you will find the themed and serialised Certificate of Authenticity.
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