|Coin||Silver Three Ounces 2022 Tutankhamun’s Tomb|
The Cook Islands, a sovereign state in free association with New Zealand, uses two official legal tender currencies. The New Zealand Dollar circulates in parallel with the local Cook Islands Dollar; at the same time, the government also authorises many legal tender coins in the Cook Islands Dollar currency for collector's purposes.
Collector coins are dedicated to historical or general popular culture themes not related to the country itself. Many of them are in standard bullion sizes, including the large three ounces of silver format - such as this coin.
The Mint says about this coin:
The Tutankhamun’s Tomb 1922 100th anniversary coin is the eighth issue in the Archaeology and Symbolism series. Taking advantage of the enhanced ultra high relief Smartminting technology puts the tomb in a complete new perspective. The coin has an antique (or silk finish for the gilded) and is struck on a huge 3 oz pure .999 silver 65mm blank in the highest quality possible.
Tutankhamun’s tomb was discovered in 1922 by Howard Carter in the Valley of the Kings located in Egypt. The tomb is renowned for the number of valuable antiquities it contained. Tutankhamun’s tomb has been raided at least twice since his mummification; this is indicated by the outermost doors of the tomb being unsealed.
Tutankhamun, also referred to as King Tut was the last Pharaoh in his family to rule during the 18th Dynasty. He took the throne at only eight (or nine) years. Tutankhamun married to Ankhesenamun, his parental half-sister. In his reign, Tutankhamun restored the Ancient Egyptian religion which had previously been dissolved by his father. However, despite his accomplishments, Tutankhamun was severely disabled and is theorised to have a multitude of different medical conditions. The discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb, along with the Mask has been one of the biggest and most important discoveries regarding the ancient Egyptians.
The obverse of the coin shows a large question mark at its centre, filled with Ancient symbols.
Below left, the Fourth Definitive Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, by Ian Rank-Broadley; the Queen is crowned, facing right. Below the portrait, the designer's initials IRB.
The background of the centre is patterned with thin concentric lines. Around below right, the name of the series ARCHEOLOGY & SYMBOLISM (sic).
The rim is raised; incuse in it, around above the monarch's legend: ELIZABETH II · COOK ISLANDS; around below, the face value 20 DOLLARS.
The reverse of the coin depicts Tutankhamun’s mask in ultra high relief in the middle. Around the mask are the various hieroglyphs from the walls of Tutankhamun’s Tomb. There are also sculptures which are paintings of the walls, turned into 3D.
Around above and around below on the rim, the inscription TUTANKHAMUN'S TOMB 1922 (1922 is the year of the tomb’s discovery).
The date 2022 is also in the rim, divided by the central design.
||TUTANKHAMUN'S TOMB 1922 2022
Finish: antique, smartminting (Ultra High Relief).
Packaging: in capsule and box, with a Certificate of Authenticity.
NumisCollect Article ID: CK2210
Mintage includes 234 coins with antique finish, 99 selectively and 99 fully gold plated.
Coins in the Archaeology and Symbolism series include:
- 3 oz Silver Antique (with gilded version), Aztec Calendar Stone, Cook Islands 2018
- 3 oz Silver Antique (with gilded version), Kalachakra Mandala, Mongolia 2019
- 3 oz Silver Antique (with gilded version), Samsara Wheel of Life, Cook Islands 2019
- 3 oz Silver Antique (with gilded version), Dendera Zodiac Egypt, Cook Islands 2020
- 3 oz Silver Antique (with gilded version), Vasudhara Mandala, Mongolia 2020
- 3 oz Silver Antique (with coloured and gilded versions), Aztec Coyolxauhqui Stone, Cook Islands 2021
- 3 oz Silver Antique (with part and fully gilded versions), Bactrian Cybele Disk, Cook Islands 2021
- 3 oz Silver Antique (with part and fully gilded versions), Tutankhamun’s Tomb, Cook Islands 2022
- 3 oz Silver Antique (with coloured and gilded versions), Vairochana Buddha, Mongolia 2022
Coins marking the 100th Anniversary of the Discovery of Tutankhamun's Tomb:
- Cook Islands, 3 oz Silver, Tutankhamun’s Tomb, 2022
- Niue, 2 oz Silver, King Tut's Tomb, 2022
- Palau, 3 oz Silver (gilded, shaped), Tutankhamun's Mask, 2022
- Tuvalu, 1 oz Gold (coloured), Tutankhamun Discovery, 2022
- Tuvalu, 2 oz Silver (gilded), Tutankhamun Discovery, 2022
- United Kingdom, £5 CuproNickel (with gold and silver versions), Tutankhamun's Tomb, 2022