50 Goldback Aurum Foil Note is crafted from 1/20 Troy oz. of .999 fine gold. Goldback bills carry a precise amount of pure gold between layers of polyester which makes them resilient and durable.
Libertas, or Liberty, makes her second appearance featured on a Goldback bill, featured here under a starry Nevada night sky. Liberty is the Virtue design carried on the largest denomination in each U.S. based Goldback series.
Here, in the peaks of the Sierra Nevadas, she is depicted as biblical Eve, mother of the human race. Her image is patterned after a statue of Aphrodite at Ceasar’s Palace in Las Vegas.
The artist depicts Libertas as the woman in the biblical story who exercised her agency and power of choice. With freedom comes responsibility, and the consequences of wicked behavior. Such is the nature of free will, a gift from our maker to the human race.
In her left hand she holds high a pomegranate fruit, symbolizing all of humankind, and in her right hand she is holding a vertical rod, a symbol of royalty that also nods to the vertical mining technique that helped Nevada to become an outstanding precious metals producer.
She is featured standing on a stone pedestal which bears a seashell, often found in connection to depictions of Aphrodite, and at her feet is a basket of pomegranates. Next to her is a biblical depiction of a rock altar with a fire burning upon it, a ritual done to demonstrate thanks to the Divine for the blessings of freedom.
Nevada’s Desert Bighorn Sheep can be found both behind and before as symbols of both steadfastness and mobility, essential strengths as they freely roam the highest places of Nevada’s mountains. Also present is the Bristlecone Pine, one of the longest living trees on Earth, symbolizing the eternal nature of Liberty as a crowning Virtue.
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