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Coin features 3D image of pharoah

Reverse (top) and partial obverse (bottom) of Palau’s new $20 struck in gilded silver and shaped as the funerary mask of Pharaoh Tutankhamun. (Images courtesy NumisCollect)

The funerary mask of the ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun, who ruled c. 1332-1323 B.C.E., is one of the best known art treasures of the world. Ultra high relief Smartminting technology® has now rendered it as the 3D reverse of a BU 65 mm, 93.3 g (three-ounce) .999 fine gilded silver $20 struck for Palau.

The mask was discovered in the Pharaoh’s tomb in 1922 during an expedition led by Howard Carter.

The tomb proved to be one of the most intact Egyptian royal tombs ever located. It contained 5,398 items including a solid gold coffin, the face mask, thrones, archery bows, trumpets, a lotus chalice, food, wine, sandals, and fresh underwear. A dagger had an iron blade made from a meteorite.

Nicholas Reeves has recently demonstrated that the majority of these burial goods came from the female pharaoh Neferneferuaten, chief wife of Tutankhamun’s father but who was not his mother.

These goods included the gold mask, and in 2015 Reeves demonstrated the mask had once carried Neferneferuaten’s name.

Mintage of the new coin is 333.


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