• 5 Pounds 1999, KM# 900, Egypt, Pharaonic Treasure, Mask of Tutankhamun
  • 5 Pounds 1999, KM# 900, Egypt, Pharaonic Treasure, Mask of Tutankhamun
Description

Tutankhamun, Egyptological pronunciation Tutankhamen (c. 1342 – c. 1325 BC), commonly referred to as King Tut, was an ancient Egyptian pharaoh who was the last of his royal family to rule during the end of the 18th Dynasty (ruled c. 1334 – 1325 BC in the conventional chronology) during the New Kingdom of Egyptian history.

Tutankhamun took the throne at eight or nine years of age under the unprecedented viziership of his eventual successor, Ay, to whom he may have been related. He married his half-sister Ankhesenamun. Tutankhamun restored the Ancient Egyptian religion after its dissolution by his father, enriched and endowed the priestly orders of two important cults and began restoring old monuments damaged during the previous Amarna period. He moved his father's remains to the Valley of the Kings as well as moving the capital from Akhetaten to Thebes. Tutankhamun was physically disabled with a deformity of his left foot along with bone necrosis that required the use of a cane, several of which were found in his tomb. He had other health issues including scoliosis and had contracted several strains of malaria.

Obverse

Depicts the death mask of Tutankhamun.

The mask of Tutankhamun is a gold mask of the 18th-dynasty ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun (reigned 1332–1323 BC). It was discovered by Howard Carter in 1925 in tomb KV62 in the Valley of the Kings, and is now housed in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. The mask is one of the best-known works of art in the world.

Bearing the likeness of Osiris, Egyptian god of the afterlife, it is 54 centimetres (1.8 ft) tall, weighs over 10 kilograms (22 lb) or 321.5 Troy Ounces, and is decorated with semi-precious stones. An ancient spell from the Book of the Dead is inscribed in hieroglyphs on the mask's shoulders.

Reverse

Stylized state name (Arab Republic of Egypt) divides denomination in Arabic and English as well as the date in Arabic (Hijri) and Western (Georgian) calendars. Mintmark (FM) and abbreviation of state name (ARE) below.

1999 ١٩٩٩
5 ٥
Pounds جنيهات
جمهورية مصر العربية
FM
A.R.E.

Edge

5 Pounds

KM# 900
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Silver
Fineness 0.975
Weight 17.3 g
Diameter 37 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Franklin Mint (FM)

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