Goddess of the Moon, Mama Quilla was an important deity for the people of the Inca Empire who portrayed her as a silver disk with a female face on it. Associated with the moon through numerous mythological stories, Mama Quilla was believed to shed tears of silver that fell to Earth and could be mined as precious metal.
Inca Deity Design
The coin centre is filled by a Perspex dome containing silver particles suspended in purified white mineral oil - a metaphor for the tears of Mama Quilla, who is portrayed on the piece’s outer ring. Including The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark, the design includes representations of a panther and a serpent, hostile animals according to Inca mythology that tried to devour Mama Quilla during the lunar eclipse.
In keeping with the coin’s ancient theme, it has been antiqued, a treatment that tones the natural lustre of silver before it is individually hand finished to mimic the unique characteristics often seen on an ancient artefact.The coin has been individually ‘antiqued’ to give it a unique finish conveying the surface abrasions of an ancient artefact. As a result of this treatment the appearance of each coin may vary.
The coin is housed in a varnished plastic case moulded in the shape of Mama Quilla’s face. Her lower lip opens like a drawer to display the coin enclosed inside. The case comes in a shipper featuring Inca-style patterns formed from dark blue brush-like flocking.