Saturday, August 18, 2012

TUTANKHAMUN Egypt Pharaoh Silver Palladium Gold Red Carnelian Gemstone Coin 2 Oz $50 Fiji 2012

A numismatic masterpiece, made with two ounces of pure 999 silver, 24 carat gilded Gold , ennobled with and enriched with a red carnelian gemstone considered to be the stone of the life by Egyptians!

Extremely limited mintage of just 999 pieces worldwide!

The coin is issued by the Republic of Fiji and honors the history of Tutankhamun! Second of "Egyptian Jewels" 10 coin series.

Tutankhamun (sometimes called King Tut) was a Pharaoh (like a king) of Ancient Egypt from about 1334 BC to 1323 BC. He became Pharaoh of the 18th dynasty (royal family) during the New Kingdom at 9 years old. Tutankhamun ruled only 9 years and died very young, at 18, so he is known as The Boy King. He was married to his half-sister Ankhesenamun, daughter of Queen Nefertiti,his step mother.

Some scientists and historians think Tutankhamun was killed by someone else. When his mummy was examined by a CAT scan in January 2005, a very bad break in the leg was found. This may have been from a riding accident. Most scientists now think that Tutankhamun died because his broken leg got infected. Others believe that his vizier, Ay, murdered him, because Ay also succeeded him as Pharaoh. Because of this, Tut was buried in Ay's tomb and Ay in his. Other sources say that he had died from a sickness.

The tomb was discovered in March 1922 by the famous British archaeologist Howard Carter.

Egyptian Jewels

The use of gemstones in Egyptian art has a several thousand year old tradition.

Pharaohs and noble people adorned themselves with gold as well liked and respected dignitaries women. Tombs and funerary masks were richly decorated and the deceased were placed with rich treasures to the afterlife.

The whole art of Egyptian jewelers can be found on these coins again. The most famous pharaohs and gods are beautiful minted in high relief 2 ounces of pure silver, embellished with gold and palladium, a high-quality padprinting and a cartouche with an inlaid genuine gemstone, which is printed with the name in hieroglyphics in 24 carat gold.