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Centenary of the Discovery of Tutankhamun’s Tomb
Столетие со дня открытия гробницы Тутанхамона
Presented by
Pobjoy Mint Ltd (United Kingdom)
Nominal value
10 dollars (Sierra Leone)
Weight
31,103 g
Diameter
56,2 mm x 40,7 mm (Triangular)
Metal
Silver 999°
Mintage
500 pcs
Production quality
Proof, Sand from King Tutankhamun’s Tomb encapsulated underneath a thin plate of glass.
Designer
Pobjoy Mint Ltd (United Kingdom)
Producer
Pobjoy Mint Ltd (United Kingdom)
Description of obverse and reverse
Obverse: Coat of Arms of Sierra Leone in the centre surround by hieroglyphics. Inscriptions: 'REPUBLIC OF SIERRA LEONE', '2022'.

Reverse: An image of the Death Mask of Tutankhamun with hieroglyphics in the background which has been created in the unique pyramid shape. Sand collected from the tomb of King Tutankhamun is encapsulted by a thin piece of glass to the right of the mask.

A brief annotation
The fascination with the Egyptian ruler Tutankhamun as we know today did not necessarily stem from the King himself but more so from the discovery of his tomb. Tutankhamun's tomb was discovered in 1922 almost completely intact in the Valley of the Kings, Luxor by English archaelogist and Egyptologist Howard Carter. The tomb consisted of four chambers, an entrance staircase and corridor, all of which were filled with more than 5,000 artefacts, many of which were found to be made from solid gold. The vast collection consisted of thrones, furniture, statues and masks, including the infamous Death Mask of Tutankhamun. These findings spurred renewed interested in Ancient Egypt making 'Howard Carter' and 'Tutankkhamun the household names they are today - 100 years later. To make this coin unique, sand from the boy king's tomb in the Valley of the Kings was collected by Taya Pobjoy and is encapsuled within the coin behind a thin plate of glass.

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