One of the more innovative mints out there, the Mint of Poland isn’t averse to trying out something a little different. Case in point is this quite unusual pair of coins issued for the Republic of Cameroon. Struck in fine 0.999 silver, this rectangular coin duo depicts one of the most famous women in history and a modern icon – Queen Nefertiti.
Neferneferuaten Nefertiti (try saying that after a night at the pub…) is believed to have lived from around 1370 to 1330 BCE. The Great Royal Wife of the heretic Pharoah Akhenaten, her fame in the modern world was cemented with the 1912 discovery by German archaeologist Ludwig Borchardt of a bust. Said to be by the sculptor Thutmose (although some believe it to be a fabrication by Borchardt), it has to be said that the bust is a quite incredible object. The visage of Nefertiti was , even in ancient times, was popular enough to make here one of the most widely known of the ancient rulers. The bust currently resides in the Neues Museum in Berlin.
As the subject for a piece of jewelry then, it couldn’t be more apt. Known worldwide and a cultural icon, she’s a fairly safe bet for something like this. Each of the silver coins weighs just 4 grams, so not too heavy to wear, and the use of colour is wholly apt, but kept to a subtle minimum. Splitting the bust down the middle with half appearing on each coin, looks to have been the sensible course of action, as the Mint of Poland has chosen a coin size and shape that works best for an earring.
Packaged in a neat gift box with a certificate of authenticity, just 999 sets of these will be produced. They come with hypoallergenic ear-wires, so the Mrs can chuck these on and pop off down the disco for a few drunken dances to Walk like an Egyptian by The Bangles. Available to order now.