With a casual launch schedule running from 2014 to 2017, Egyptian Symbols from numiartis was an attractive series of three, 3oz silver coins bringing to life some of the more famous motifs of Ancient Egyptian Culture. The Ankh and the Eye of Horus were fine looking coins, but the third, Winged Isis, was really beautiful and boded well for a fourth release that never came.
Fortunately, the concept is back off hiatus with Egyptian Symbols II. The first coin to launch is ‘Bastet’, the goddess that protected the worshippers home from evil spirits and diseases. Bastet was associated with woman above all else, particularly fertility and chilbirth, but also with the Egyptian civilisations favourite animal, the humble cat (if you could ever call a cat humble, that is…)
An incredibly popular deity, as you’d expect from a domestic guardian, she was the daughter of Ra, and over the history of Egypt, changed from a third millennium BCE depiction as lioness-headed, to having the head of a cat some 2,000 years later. It’s easy to understand why Bastet was so popular. Cats keep down vermin, thus protecting grain and stopping the spread of disease. They also protect their young in a highly relateable way. Worship of the goddess faded in the Ptolemaic era, although the Greeks sometimes equated her with their own goddess, Artemis.