The obverse will be common to this series of seven coins, to be released one-per-annum. The coin is issued for Cameroon, so that African nation’s coat-of-arms sits in the centre, along with the issue inscriptions. Surrounding that, are seven concentric rings of script, one for each of the subjects in the series. You can see the cuneiform one closest to the centre. We know the next issue, due in Q1/2024, will be the Indus Valley culture, and their script occupies the next ring.
Now, the regular reader will know that language isn’t my forte, but I’ve had a go at the other rings anyway. The next ring is Ancient Egyptian, easy enough, but the one after that is the most difficult to guess. It’s an East Asian script, possibly an early Chinese called Oracle Bone. This was from the late Shang Dynasty, an important civilisation seated around the Yellow River valley. Could definitely be wrong on that, however. Next is a Mesoamerican script, possibly Mayan, after which is Greek, and then Roman. It looks to be a fascinating selection, mixing widely known civilisations, with less common choices. We could ask Art Mint, but where’s the fun in that?
The coin, two-ounces in weight, will come boxed with a Certificate of Authenticity, and the mintage is just 300 pieces. Art Mint coins tend to sell out, and we have no hesitation in suggesting this one will follow them. I’m biased, because I have a deep love of the subject, but this really is an exceptional piece, in our view. It marks more the work of cultures that evolved from Sumer, rather than the culture itself, but that legacy is expansive, and anything that raises awareness of this extraordinary culture gets a big thumbs-up from us. Available to order now.