The pyramids on the Giza plateau in Egypt are rightfully considered wonders of human ingenuity, which have for thousands of years evoked a sense of awe in those that have seen them. That these structures, and the civilisation that erected them, have been a staple of the numismatic world for years, should come as no surprise. There have been some beautiful modern coin issue on the subject, employing some of the best producers in the business, but new and interesting issues are still possible. Like this one.
Dimensional coins have become more common as minting technology has improved. Such issues as Numiscollect’s new range have showcased Egyptian art, and the Mint of Poland had a geometric dimensional pyramidal coin on the market back in 2014, but MDM have incorporated many of the new advances to make their own addition to the genre. This one is also basiclly pyramidal in shape, but is covered with high-relief detail.
To start at the top, the gilded area on the coin isn’t a random placement, but coincides with the remaining section of the pyramid face still covered with original casing stones. A nice touch. Below that and under an antique finish, are some depicted elements associated with it. One face has the head of the Sphinx, another the god Anubis, another the god Ra, and the last, the Pharoah Khafre himself. Each pops from its face in high relief, with the background covered in Egyptian iconography and a view of the pyramid.
The base of the coin has more hieroglyphic imagery on it, with the coat of arms of Djibouti at the centre. This is also antique finished. Packaging comprises of a gold-coloured pyramid box covered in icons and suits it well. It weighs in at five ounces of fine silver, and is around 36 mm in size. The mintage is set at 750 pieces. A very nice piece indeed, with a carefully thought out design and a fine implementation. A coin that any budding Egyptologist would love to have in their collections. Available to order now, it should ship in November.