This innovative and visually impressive 2022 three dimensional coin marks the 100th anniversary of the greatest archaeological discovery of the 20th century – the tomb of King Tut. Struck in three ounces of fine silver with an antique finish, the reverse design depicts the fine detail of the golden mask found on the ancient Egyptian king. The obverse design completes the story, showing the excavation site during the discovery of Pharaoh Tutankhamun's tomb in amazing detail, laid out in storytelling fashion around the Djibouti Coat of Arms. Mintage limited to just 1,922 pieces. Issued by Djibouti with a legal tender face value of 200 Francs. HST/GST exempt.
For more than 3,000 years, Egyptian Pharoah Tutankhamun lay undisturbed until on a late November day in 1922 when British archaeologist Howard Carter and his sponsor Lord Carnarvon entered the tomb of the “Boy Pharaoh.” There they discovered the tomb miraculously intact. The Egyptologists found thousands of artifacts, the most splendid of which was a stone sarcophagus containing three coffins nested within each other. Inside the final coffin, which was made out of solid gold, was Tutankhamun’s mummy upon which rested a magnificent life-size gold mask of “King Tut” himself. Today, the Mask of Tutankhamun is one of the world’s most recognizable works of art and arguably the most prominent symbol of ancient Egypt.