Roman Booteen - The Witch: Baba Yaga (2oz Silver)
- Type: Numismatic Art
- Years: 2022
- Mint: Heads or Tales Coins & Collectibles
- Composition: .999 Silver
- Diameter: 39mm
- Weight: 62.7g
- Edge: Reeded
- Mintage: .999 Silver
- Condition: New - Mint Packaging
- Obverse: Portrait of the Witch Baba Yaga with a gold gilded apple, date of 1964 below, "LIBERTY" above
- Reverse: Features Kennedy Half Dollar design
In Russia and many Slavic countries, children are told tales of a mysterious woman in the woods. It’s said she lives alone in a most peculiar house, a hut perched atop chicken legs. The Witch, known as Baba Yaga, may choose to help or hinder anyone who happens upon her in the forest.
Boris’s wife Verdie was pregnant with their first child. Verdie was very sick and she grew weaker and more gaunt with each passing day. Desperate, Boris left Verdie and travelled into the woods in search of the fabled Baba Yaga.
After several days of searching, he came upon a lone decrepit hut amidst the trees, settled on spindly chicken legs. The moss covered door opened before he could knock, and a wrinkled old woman with a crooked nose stood therein.
“You traveled a long way for nothing,” she said. “Return home so your wife will not die without her husband.”
Boris knelt before her. “Baba Yaga,” he said, “I beg you, save my wife and child.”
“Your child? Oh, it will live,” she announced. “A special, magical child it is. Too much for a mortal mother to carry to term. There is but one way to save her.” She produced an apple of the richest red from her dress pockets. “Give her this.”
“Thank you,” Boris eagerly began.
“Do not thank me yet,” Baba Yaga interrupted. “The hand that feeds this apple to another will grow limp as the first bite is swallowed. This transfer of life force will save your wife as well. But…”
She did not finish.
Boris nodded solemnly. “I understand. Thank you.”
Baba Yaga nodded sagely and closed her door. With that, Boris stowed the apple away and began his final journey home.
There is a reason that people still fear the deep dark woods, for as advanced as our technology has progressed, the woods still hold an air of mystery and danger, especially at night when the lights and conveniences of our modern world can no longer feel close at hand.
The Witch at a Glance
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