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|Coins of Zakynthos|
|Seen in|| "Three Coins in a Fuchsbau"|
"Happily Ever Aftermath" (Nick's dream)
|Mentioned||"Woman in Black"|
|Owned by|| Ancient Greece (750 - 146 B.C.)|
Roman Republic (146 - 27 B.C.)
Augustus (27 B.C. - 14 A.D.)
Tiberius (14 - 37)
Caligua (37 - 41)
Claudius (41 - 54)
Nero (54 - 68)
Eastern Han Dynasty (? - ?)
Adolf Hitler (? - 1945)
Allied Force Headquarters (1945)
Kelly Burkhardt (? - 1994)
Unidentified German coin dealer (? -?)
Sam Bertram (? - 2012)
Hank Griffin (2012)
Sean Renard (2012)
Soledad Marquesa (2012)
Farley Kolt (2012)
Nick Burkhardt (2012)
Kelly Burkhardt (2012 - present)
|Purpose||Grant holder power over others|
|Location||With Kelly Burkhardt|
During the 8th century B.C., gold was being mined from the island of Zakynthos in ancient Greece, and from this gold some coins were stamped with a swastika on one side, signifying good fortune, and on the other side the head of a Nemean lion, representing wealth and power.
Because of the high value and rarity of the coins many people die attempting to obtain them. At the same time, skin contact with these coins exposes the holder to dangerously high levels of arsenic and mercury. This impacts the central nervous system, and the resulting symptoms cause this person to feel a rush of power and control, as well as an urge to carry the coins as a good luck charm.
Historically, those who held the coins gained charismatic influence over other men. When the Greek empire fell, the coins fell into the Romans' hands. The coins had a devastating effect on whoever possessed them. The coins then made their way to China during the Han dynasty and were then lost for several centuries. The coins again resurfaced during the Third Reich (The rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis).
On 25 June 1945, according to Major General William Joseph Donovan of the United States Office of Strategic Services, in his report to the Office of Strategic Defense, three "Imperial Coins" (of a then-suspected ten) were removed from Hitler's Kehlsteinhaus and placed in a vault in Allied Headquarters in the United Kingdom, where they were kept safe for around 36 days, at which point the Allied Headquarters was shut down.
At some point or another, the Grimms gained control of the coins. Grimms happen to possess the self-control required in order to resist some of the effects of these coins and have taken great care to protect the public from the coins; however, it is worth noting that Grimms are seen as somewhat of a race of monsters to other Wesen. Kelly Burkhardt (Nick's mother) was the most recent known guardian of the coins until she was discovered and believed murdered for them in 1994.
After this, the coins eventually came into the possession of a German coin dealer, who was beaten to death by Akira Kimura after selling them to Sam Bertram. Bertram was murdered by Ian Flynn and Hans Roth in "Three Coins in a Fuchsbau". The coins were recovered during the homicide investigation, and after much handling from several individuals, and Soledad Marquesa was shot dead while pursuing Sean Renard for the coins. Nick Burkhardt acquired them and hid them to protect the public once again.
Kimura followed a false lead on Farley Kolt before arriving in Portland to hunt for the coins. He searched the homes of Renard, Hank, and Nick. He killed Renard's maid, Patty and nearly beat Renard to death. In Nick's home, Kelly Burkhardt stunned him by injecting him with something, and he was taken by the Portland Police to jail where he was later killed in his cell by eating a poisoned sandwich.
The coins may only be destroyed on the Island of Zakynthos where they were forged. ("Bad Teeth")