EGYPTIAN RELICS SERIES 2019 Sphinx of Hatshepsut 5oz silver
EGYPTIAN RELICS SERIES 2019 Sphinx of Hatshepsut 5oz silver: After a brief hiatus last year (or at least a detour to China), Scottsdale Mint’s popular series of rough-edged Egyptian-themed bullion coins was back for 2019 with a new chunky 5oz addition to the range. Launching in 2016 with King Tut, it was followed in 2017 with Nefertiti. There was even a brief detour into gold with a beautiful King Tutankhamun version of the debut release that almost looked like it was taken from a mummy (we will be getting these in stock soon).
Spec-wise this is a continuation of what has gone before. Five-ounces of 0.999 silver with a diameter similar to a one-ounce coin, but super-chunky in thickness (up to 12 mm) with an edge designed to look like the coin had been chiselled from stone. The antique finish and rough edge suit the subject perfectly, and as a true bullion coin, these are priced very competitively, especially for the collector.
The latest release moves away from depicting a figure from Ancient Egypt, and instead depicts one of the great works of one of the great Pharaohs. Hatshepsut left behind some quite extraordinary monuments, attributed to her fairly recently after the failure of her step-son successor, Thutmose III, to erase her from the historical record. Hatshepsut’s mortuary temple at Deir el-Bahri had at least six large Sphinx statues outside. These were removed, broken up and disposed of in quarry by Thutmose III. A restored one weighing seven tons now resides in The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The mintage is capped at just 20,000 pieces this time, but the small cardboard box packaging remains.
Depicts the Sphinx & looks spot-on, with the mortuary complex in the background. The Met sphinx portrays the female pharaoh Hatshepsut with the body of a lion and a human head wearing a nemes headcloth and royal beard and that is reproduced here.
This features the Republic of Chad coat of arms, weight, denomination, year date and metal fineness.
Each coin comes in a themed cardboard shipper.