The ancient Egyptians believed in the life after death and built magnificent tombs for their pharaohs to allow them to touch the heavens. The Great Pyramid of Giza, which was built for King Khufu two and a half thousand BC, is the largest and most impressive of them. The gigantic pyramid was built of two million stone blocks, each weighing over two tons. The pyramid was 147 meters high, therefore, it was the highest building in the world until the Middle Ages, and each side of its base measured 230 meters. Thousands of stonemasons, carpenters and ordinary workers have worked on it without knowledge of iron and more complex technologies for three decades in order to honor their god…
The ancient Greeks traveled to the tombs of Egyptian rulers like today’s tourists. The pyramids were a mystery for them, as they were two thousand years older than the second oldest of the world’s wonders – the Semiramidine hanging gardens. The pyramids then paradoxically became the only one of the seven wonders that has been preserved to this day. The Arabic saying states that everything in the world is afraid of time, but time is afraid of pyramids. Khufu’s Great Pyramid, which was built of two million two-ton stone blocks, is the largest and most impressive of the gigantic pyramids. The complex, which stands in the city of Giza on the banks of the Nile, included a mysterious sphinx statue and three smaller pyramids that served as the tombs of Khufu’s wives…
REVERSE: processed by the medal maker Petra Brodská, DiS., presents the Great Pyramid in its current form, which reveals the individual stone steps (the building was originally lined with white polished limestone, which reflected the sun’s rays). In the background there is another smaller tomb and in the foreground there is a detail of building blocks supplemented with an English inscription THE GREAT PYRAMID OF GIZA.
OBVERSE: The obverse side, which is common to the whole cycle, then presents all
seven wonders of the world – the Egyptian pyramids, the hanging gardens
of Semiramis, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, Feidius’ statue of Zeus
at Olympia, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, the Colossus of Rhodes and
the Lighthouse of Alexandria. As the coins of the Czech Mint are licensed by the island of Niue, their obverse sides bear a portrait and name of Queen Elizabeth II, a nominal value of 50 DOLLARS (NZD) and the year of issue 2021.