My favourite is the three-ounce silver. At 60 mm tall, it’s big enough to pack in the detail, and the antique finish is really clean, showing off the mask sans colour. Best of all, it has an awesome obverse, with a view of Carter’s dig site back in 1922 filling the face. The very limited three-ounce gold version, however, goes back to the Solomon Islands instead of Djibouti, and loses that obverse for the effigy of QEII. A shame. The gold does get a healthy dose of enamel, however, bringing the look much more in line with the ‘in your face, on your face’ original artifact. A pricey release, but clearly one that does the best job of showing off the subject as it is.
Lastly, we have the most innovative of the four coins, a chunky half-kilo antiqued silver beast with a set of five ‘puzzle’ pieces that sit over the reverse face and cover up the background right up to the mask itself. They’re replete with hieroglyphics, while the section of the reverse underneath them is occupied by images of many of the other artifacts found in the tomb, from the thousands uncovered.
All told, a fine range with no weak offerings, although we hope they issue more over the coming year with a look at more than just the mask. They should all be available to pre-order now.