Pobjoy Mint has released 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.
King Tutankhamun was an Egyptian ruler who was thought to have been in power at the end of the 18th Dynasty 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.
The Tomb consisted of four chambers, an entrance staircase and corridor, all of which were filled with an abundance of more than 5,000 artefacts including thrones, furniture, statues and the infamous “Death Mask”. Tutankhamun’s Death Mask was hand crafted from 1 sheet of gold and embellished with over 150 ritual jewels. It was created to ceremoniously cover and protect the face of the deceased, allowing for the spirt to recognize the body in the afterlife.
These findings proved significant for archaeologists as it spurred renewed interest in Ancient Egypt and the marvels of Luxor, making “Howard Carter” and “Tutankhamun” the renowned household names they are today.
This stunning new bullion coin design features the “Death Mask” 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 10,000 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.
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Learn more about the treasures of Tutankhamun’s tomb in this documentary: