Now who doesn't like Egyptian history and mythology... Gods, magic, pyramids, mummies, exotic women*** I love this stuff...all the way back to when "Abbott and Costello Met the Mummy"... haha With that said I had to have this collection! The first in the series is "Cleopatra" which is a 2 oz. High Relief Silver Round. The obverse of Cleopatra is sculpted in the style of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic carvings. Rising from the surface of the round, Cleopatra comes to life through subtle movement, indicated by the space intentionally left void behind her neck. Because her face is not incused, she appears to be moving forward. To her right is the cartouche of Cleopatra, a vertical oval featuring a horizontal line at the bottom, signifying that the inner text was a name of royal lineage. To the left of Cleopatra sits the Eye of Horus, sculpted by Heidi Wastweet. Below the Eye of Horus sits a bowl of figs, which Cleopatra's servants used to smuggle in a poisonous snake called an asp, which slithers down her shoulder and neck. It is widely believed that Cleopatra committed suicide through the lethal bite of an asp. The reverse features the Goddess Isis, of whom Cleopatra was said to be the reincarnation. The banner of the scarab beetle rests below. The scarab beetle was a symbol of great power in ancient Egyptian mythology, responsible for pushing the sun into the sky at dawn.The Hieroglyphics on the field were taken from ancient Egyptian papyri, featuring writings about Cleopatra. The pattern to the left and right of the weight-and-purity hallmark can be found on the outer wall of the Temple of Horus. They represent a bed of lotus reeds blooming in the Nile. This is a beautiful design and the weight of it in your hand really feels like you are holding a hunk of silver! Thanks for your comments!
I just added a new collection for everyone to check out on my profile. The Queenâ€™s Beasts series is already 4 coins in to a 10 coin set. I have added the first three to my collection and I am waiting on the fourth.
I just noticed that my latest Britannia is almost a year old, 2017. I thought I better get it up before it has a birthday and the 2018's come out. The Britannia is Great Britain's answer to our Silver American Eagle. It celebrated its 30th. Anniversary with this issue, 2017. This one was minted in BU state out of .999 pure silver. In this reverse design, by Philip Nathan, for the sixth year, features Britannia standing strong against a wale wind whipping around her Union Jack covered shield, Corinthian helmet and olive branch. She proudly grasps a trident in her right hand. A speckled radial sunburst is at her back. The Obverse, by Jodie Clark, shows Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II facing right. This is the second year for this design. The surface has a pebbly look to it. Now the specs.. The coin weighs one troy ounce, 31.210 g and is 38.61 mm in diameter. I know a lot of people wouldn't call this a coin, just bullion. I define a coin as being minted by a country and having a stated value from that country. Just my opinion. I hope you enjoy this short blog. Thanks for looking and, as always, I look forward to your comments!
This is a great 2017 piece from the Republique Democratique Du Congo. It features an ol' narley looking Water Buffalo with an attitude...haha It's 100 grams of .999 silver stamped into a 3/4 inch thick reeded edge round. And it's HEAVY! This is a really detailed piece, hope you can see everything in the photo's! I really like to collect coins/bullion with a Buffalo or Bison theme and I couldn't resist this African version. Thanks for looking!
The Queen's Beasts Series started last year with the Lion of England and is now in full swing with two issues per year with the exception of two years and will run until 2021. The first and last year of issue will only have one coin each. This ten coin series will depict the heraldic Queens's Beasts statues present at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and represent the royal line of ancestry. Each coin will have many different variations of precious metal and precious metal weight. The Silver released issues will come in 2oz & 10oz bullion mint state versions. The Gold released issues will come in 1/4oz & 1oz bullion mint state versions and the Platinum released issue will come in a 1oz bullion mint state version. It is helpful to mention that there is a silver proof version of the Lion of England in 1oz, 5oz, and10oz but this version's design varies slightly and is double the price of it's bullion counterpart. In my opinion the 2oz silver bullion mint state version is the most affordable and will be the one I will focus on for this and future posts about this series. You can currently pick up one of the three already released issues for around $60 in Gem UNC or $70 in MS-69 which is a bargain in my book when a 1oz Panda can cost as much as $50 in the same grade. The list below shows the three coins currently released and the future coins to be released in no particular order. A special thanks goes out to JM Bullion for their extensive background information on this series. Please visit there site if you would like more information about the series or individual coin designs.The Lion of England 2016The Griffin of Edward III 2017The Red Dragon of Wales 2017The Falcon of the PlantagenetsThe Black Bull of ClarenceThe Yale of BeaufortThe White Lion of MortimerThe White Greyhound of RichmondThe Unicorn of ScotlandThe White Horse of Hanover
The Queen's Beasts Series started last year and is now in full swing with two issues every year. The series is to commemorate the 10 heraldic Queen's Beasts statues present at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and represent the royal line of ancestry. The coins come in many different versions but for the purpose of this post we will only be talking about the two oz silver bullion version as in my opinion it is the most affordable version to buy. The coins as said before comes in 2oz silver bullion versions meaning you will only find gem unc or MS coins slabbed no proofs. You can pick up one of the three already released issues for around $60 in gem unc or $70 in MS-69 which is a bargain in my book when a 1oz Panda can cost as much as $50 in the same grade. The list below shows the three coins currently released.2016 lion2017 Griffin was supposed to come out dated 20162017 Dragon2017 White Greyhound is supposed to come out later this year
In part one, I discuss bullion and commemoratives and part two will be for varieties, circulating coins, and similar stuff.
This was a crazy purchase! But when I saw it at my coin dealer, I had to have it! The size and weight mesmerized me, a kilo of silver. It's a 2014 Australian Kookaburra, a very popular series in itself. What's your most "crazy, have to have" purchase? : )
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