Centenary of the Opening of Tutankhamun’s Tomb

Inside Pharaoh Tutankhamun's tomb, 18th dynasty. Image: EditorfromMars via Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0.
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Pobjoy Mint announced the release of a brand new 2023 reverse frosted silver bullion coin on behalf of Sierra Leone, to commemorate the Centenary of the opening of Tutankhamun’s Tomb featuring the Sarcophagus.

The design on the coin features the Sarcophagus of King Tutankhamun with two cartouches, one on either side, which spell in hieroglyphics the young pharaoh’s birth name Tutankhamun, and his throne name Nebkheperure.

Sierra Leone / 1 Dollar / Silver .999 / 1 oz / 28.6 mm / Mintage: 7,500.

King Tutankhamun was an Egyptian ruler who was thought to have been in power at the end of the 18thDynasty from 1341 B.C, up until his death in 1324 B.C aged 19. Despite being Egyptian royalty, the popularity of the young Pharaoh only arose on a global scale more than 3,000 years after his death. This was as the result of exploration of the various royal burial grounds by Europeans. The fascination with Tutankhamun as we know today didn’t necessarily stem from the king himself but more so from his Tomb. Tutankhamun’s Tomb was discovered in 1922 almost completely intact in the Valley of the Kings, Luxor, by English archaeologist and Egyptologist Howard Carter.

Carter and one of the foremen work on the innermost coffin. Image: Public Domain.

Tutankhamun’s Sarcophagus, currently on display at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, held not one but three coffins in which to hold the body of the king. The outer two coffins were crafted in wood and covered in gold along with many semiprecious stones, such as lapis lazuli and turquoise.

This stunning new bullion coin design features the “Sarcophagus” of Tutankhamun with hieroglyphics in the background and the wording “TUTANKHAMUN” in the surround. It also features a silver bullion privy mark “P” which is exclusive to Pobjoy Mint Bullion coins. Bullion coins are always a very attractive purchase due to their intrinsic metal value and unique designs. In order to maintain the exclusivity of this piece, no more than 7,500 of the Silver Reverse Frosted Bullion coins will be produced. The obverse of the coin features the Coat of Arms of Sierra Leone with a frosted background.

For more information on these bullion coins visit the Pobjoy Mint website.

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View this documentary about the treasures found in Tutankhamun’s tomb.


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