Isle of Man 2008 - Tutankhamun: Canopic Coffinette - Bronze Pyramid-Shaped Coin in a Pack

Product Code: L116620P

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Coin Highlights

  • 2008 Bronze Pyramid-Shaped Coin
  • Issued on behalf of the Isle of Man
  • Issue: Unlimited
  • Unique presentation pack

Description

For the first time in thirty five years, London welcomes back the treasures of the world’s most famous pharaoh, Tutankhamun.  In 1972, the unprecedented Tutankhamun Exhibition fascinated visitors worldwide with London striking attendance records of 1.7 million. 

November 2008  sees these marvellous historical artefacts and more returned to London – the only city in Europe to host the ‘Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs’ exhibition – and to celebrate this momentous event, Pobjoy Mint is thrilled to announce the release of a phenomenal series of coins on behalf of the Isle of Man Treasury, which includes the world’s first pyramid shaped coins.

This exceptional collector's coin in bronze features the Canopic Coffinette. In the process of mummification the pharaoh’s internal organs were removed from its body and preserved in four miniature coffins.  One of Tutankhamun’s coffinettes appears in the centre of this design with two cartouches - one on each side - which spell in hieroglyphics the young pharaoh’s birth name Tutankhamun, and his throne name Nebkheperure.  

More information: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/isle_of_man/7130235.stm

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Most of Tutankhamun’s popularity stems from the fact that his tomb was discovered in 1922 in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor almost completely intact by English archaeologist and Egyptologist Howard Carter.  It is therefore most fitting that the Isle of Man Treasury issued this spectacular series of coins since the Great Nephew of this illustrious excavator is a current resident of the island!

The coins in this fascinating IOM series depict some of the most splendid treasures extracted from Tutankhamun’s tomb and some important symbols of Ancient Egypt.

  • Death Mask – A popular icon for Ancient Egypt, Tutankhamun’s glorious funerary mask is undoubtedly the most renowned of all the artefacts recovered from the boy king’s tomb.  Although the mask was deemed too precious to travel to London, no coin collection would be complete without it. Originally available as:  a Death Mask shaped coin in 1/2oz Fine Gold and also a pyramid shaped coin depicting the Death Mask in Bronze.
  • Eye of Horus – To Ancient Egyptian’s the ‘Eye of Horus’ was a powerful symbol of indestructibility and its prominence has survived today.  The Eye of Horus is framed by vulture goddess Nekhbet on the left, who symbolises purification and cobra goddess Wadjet on the right, who is seen as the protector.  Originally available as: Unc. Cupro Nickel, Proof Sterling Silver and also a Proof Sterling Silver version with a stunning lapis lazuli set in the centre of the Eye of Horus.
  • Canopic coffinette – In the process of mummification the pharaoh’s internal organs were removed from its body and preserved in four miniature coffins.  One of Tutankhamun’s coffinettes appears in the centre of this design with two cartouches - one on each side - which spell in hieroglyphics the young pharaoh’s birth name Tutankhamun, and his throne name Nebkheperure.  Originally available as: Bronze, Proof Sterling Silver and a beautiful 1/2oz Proof Fine Gold version, the first of which was presented to H.R.H The Prince of Wales at the Royal Preview of London O2’s ‘Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs’ exhibition.
  • Scarab – The dung-beetle enjoyed a sacred status among the Ancient Egyptians who associated the scarab with both Creation and Good Luck.  The winged scarab image on this coin is taken from a pectoral unearthed from Tutankhamun’s tomb and the symbols on this piece of jewellery spell out the pharaoh’s throne name.  Originally available as: Unc. Cupro Nickel and Proof Sterling Silver this coin is available with a carnelian set in the sun disc shape at the top of a Proof Sterling Silver version and also in 1/25oz Proof Fine Gold.
  • Throne – Buried beneath Tutankhamun’s hippopotamus couch, Howard Carter discovered the most dazzling Gold Throne depicting an image of the boy king and his queen.  This pyramid-shaped coin reveals that very scene in which the queen appears anointing her young husband with perfume.  Originally available as: Proof Sterling Silver, 1/5oz Proof Fine Gold and a magnificent 1oz Proof Fine Silver/Proof Fine Gold Bi-Metal version.

On their obverses, these coins bear a fine effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS FSNAD except the Death Mask shaped coin which carries a charming new effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.  Each beautifully hand crafted precious metal coin has been struck four times to produce a stunning mirror finish background with the design sculpted in striking relief.

What makes these exceptional coins even more special is the packaging which has been designed to really flaunt the richness of Egypt’s glorious archaeological discoveries.  For the single precious metal versions and the three different coin sets, we have developed the ultimate Egyptian themed box with a dazzling gold finish in the shape of the Great Pyramid of Giza.    

Metal Bronze
Diameter 58.2mm base
Weight 29.00gms
Issue Limit Unlimited

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