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.
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As in my latest video I unbox an Ancient Egyptian masterpiece that’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen before! But before I tell you anymore, you should know this…
It’s SOLD OUT at the Mint.
And I have ONLY 50 available.
So I wanted to show you just why this exceptional coin is proving to be such a hit with collectors…
If you’re interested…
As 2019 draws to a close, and a new decade nears, here at Collector’s Gallery we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to look back at some of the incredible coins that have been released by renowned Mints in the last twelve months.
From innovative new minting techniques to absolutely stunning designs, 2019 has been quite a year for coin collectors!
We’ve chosen some of the most popular coins from the past 12 months, which you can see below. But we NEED YOUR HELP in deciding what coin is to be crowned the collector’s favourite of 2019.
Please decide from the following coins and vote for your favourite in our poll at the bottom of the blog.
The Christmas Tree and Train Silver Coin
Innovative design is nothing new to The Royal Canadian Mint, and that was proven in this spectacular Christmas Tree and Train Coin.
Before I say anything else, you should know that this coin proved so popular that it’s already SOLD OUT – both here at Collector’s Gallery and at the Mint!
This coin truly is a piece of excellence and pushes the limits on what can be achieved through minting.
State of the art innovative gyroscopic technology allows the coin to actually move (see for yourself in the video above!) and a sophisticated design magnificently merges everything we love in a coin; engraving, casting, silver and gold.
The innovative Coca-Cola bottle-top shaped coins and Vending Machine!
As one of the most recognisable logos of all time and with over 1.9 billion drinks consumed per day, the Coca-Cola Company has once again been honoured in coin form.
But, this time Diet Coke, Fanta and Sprite have accompanied it – all inside this vintage style vending machine presentation!
Specially moulded using Smartminting© Technology to replicate the crimps and curves of bottle caps, this is a finish that has only been attempted a few times due to its difficulty in minting!
Do you think this impressive piece of minting should be the 2019 winner…?
Golden Treasures of Ancient Egypt 2oz Silver
Ancient Egyptians revered gold and considered it to be ‘the skin of deities’. It embellished Royalty, was used on the most renowned monuments and famously decorated the death mask of Tutankhamun.
And it’s safe to say that the minting techniques used in this coin really does glorify this decorated culture. At the middle of a PURE Silver base sits a domed insert featuring particles of 24 carat gold suspended in purified mineral oil!
This is a spectacle to be admired and something that has contributed to the coins SELL-OUT success worldwide!
The ULTRA high-relief 1st King of Man 3oz Antique Silver Coin
Manannán, the first king and defender of the Isle of Man, was a revered figure in Isle folklore and cultural identity. And this breathtaking ornamental design has been dedicated to him using some of the most intricate details Collector’s Gallery has ever seen!
Thanks to Smartminting technology and processes that can only be achieved by a small number of mints across the world, it’s impossible to see this coin as anything other than a three-dimensional piece of art.
Even now, you would expect a piece like this to be cast, not struck. But using the most advanced modern minting techniques, this coin has actually been minted. To strike a coin like this is nothing short of revolutionary.
With a worldwide edition limit of JUST 999 – this coin completely SOLD OUT at the Mint!
** VOTE NOW CLOSED **
With 52% of the vote, it was of course The Christmas Tree and Train Silver Coin!