If you’ve heard of La Monnaie de Paris, you’ll know that their coins are some of the hardest pieces to get hold of, especially outside of France and have a record of sell outs.
Their artistic excellence and minting quality mean that their pieces are some of the best on the market.
And with their latest release, they have created a true Egyptian Masterpiece.
Introducing the SOLD-OUT Great Sphinx of Tanis Masterpiece from La Monnaie de Paris…
This coin features so many tiny details that are easy to miss, so let us talk you through some of them.
Great Sphinx of Tanis
First of all, and perhaps the most obvious is that this 10 Euro coin has been expertly struck from .999 Pure Silver in the shape of a Sphinx.
But it’s not just any Sphinx – it is an exact replica of the Great Sphinx of Tanis.
The Great Sphinx of Tanis is thought to date from as early as the 26th century BC and was discovered in the ruins of the Temple of the God, Amun-Ra and now resides in the Louvre Museum in Paris.
Another key feature is that this coin has been issued for a dual anniversary. 2022 marks 200 years since the deciphering of hieroglyphs and 100 years since the discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamun.
The obverse features the inscription ‘1822-2022’ to honour the ground-breaking work of Jean-Francois Champillion. After years of hard work, Champillion finally cracked the code that allowed the world to understand the ancient Egyptian language.
Champillion was so overwhelmed by his discovery that he shouted, ‘I’ve got it’, before fainting and having to spend the next few days in bed recovering.
The Discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamun
To celebrate 100 years since the Discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamun by Howard Carter in 1922, the reverse of this coin features an image of a young Tutankhamun being watched over by the God, Amun.
Also displayed are the cartouches of Tutankhamun. A cartouche is a panel expressing royal or divine names in Egyptian hieroglyphics. The archaeologists who found the tomb knew it was Tutankhamun’s because they could read the cartouches over the door seals – all thanks to the work of Champollion a century earlier.
SOLD OUT on the International Market
La Monnaie de Paris coins are amongst some of the hardest pieces to get hold of. Very few have been made available to collectors outside of France, and they have already completely sold out on the International market.
Even as an official distributor, only 100 coins have been secured for UK collectors.
This coin is unavailable elsewhere on the international market, so we don’t expect these to be around for long.
Pieces like this are few and far between so if you want to make sure you’re one of a select number of UK collectors to own this new artistic masterpiece, you’ll need to be quick.