The iconic Indian temple the Taj Mahal, the enigmatic Cambodian ruins at Angkor Wat, and the Mexican city of Uxmal have all been chosen as subjects for Moneda Nueva’s flagship series of one-kilogram silver coins. Impressive pieces, with very exclusive mintages of just 100 pieces, they join CIT Coin Invest at the top of the architectural coin game as far as quality goes. The fourth coin is now ready to go and features the quite incredible ruins of the ancient Egyptian city of Karnak.
This huge temple complex has plenty of ruins still in existence, and Moneda Nueva has used some of the more iconic elements to adorn its latest opus. Starting with the reverse face, we have a view of one of the temples in its prime. Walls and columns covered in hieroglyphics draw the eye to a large pathway that heads up to a doorway filled with a piece of the mineral Jasper. It’s an atmospheric piece of work.
The obverse also features the same piece of jasper, as it’s set in a window through the coin. Again, the surrounding background is a mass of Ancient Egyptian writing, but the foreground is taken up with a huge statue of, most likely, Khnum, the ram-headed god. Khnum was extremely important in early Egypt, before being largely supplanted by Ra. The issue details are inscribed on this face, including the national coat of arms of the Republic of Chad, but all are sympathetically placed and not overly distracting.
A chunky, 100mm wide rimless beast with the ubiquitous antique finish, it’s presented in a good quality wooden box with a certificate of authenticity. Available to pre-order now, as you’d expect, this isn’t a bargain basement item and you’ll need to stump up around €3,300 for one, but with its high production values, hefty weight and ultra-limited mintage,you’d expect nothing less.