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  • 5 Pounds 1994, KM# 789, Egypt, Pharaonic Treasure / Ancient Egyptian Art, Pharaoh Amenemhat III
  • 5 Pounds 1994, KM# 789, Egypt, Pharaonic Treasure / Ancient Egyptian Art, Pharaoh Amenemhat III
Description

Amenemhat III also known as Amenemhet III, was a pharaoh of ancient Egypt and the sixth king of the Twelfth Dynasty of the Middle Kingdom. He was elevated to the throne as co-regent by his father Senusret III, with whom he shared the throne as the active king for twenty years. During his reign, Egypt attained its cultural and economic zenith of the Middle Kingdom.

In total, Amenemhat III reigned for at least 45 years, though a papyrus mentioning the 46th year likely belongs to his reign as well. Toward the end of his reign, he instituted a co-regency with Amenemhat IV, as recorded in a rock inscription from Semna in Nubia, which equates regnal year 1 of Amenemhat IV to regnal year 44 or 46–48 of Amenemhat III. Sobekneferu later succeeded Amenemhat IV as the last ruler of the Twelfth Dynasty.

Obverse

Depicts a statue of Amenemhat III standing.

It shows his stern features reflecting the typical and characteristic style of sculpture from the Middle Kingdom, granite statue. Egyptian civilisation, Dynasty XII. Luxor, Luxor Museum. One of his titles is inscribed on the statue base, it reads 'Beloved of Amun-Ra, Lord of Karnak",

Reverse

Stylized state name (Arab Republic of Egypt) divides denomination in Arabic and English and abbreviation of state name (A.R.E.) below, the date in Arabic (Hijri) and Western (Georgian) divides by a vulture with open wings. Engraver's initials (ECC) below.

In Ancient Egypt, the vulture hieroglyph was the uniliteral sign used for the glottal sound (/ɑː/). The bird was held sacred to Isis in ancient Egyptian religion. The use of the vulture as a symbol of royalty in Egyptian culture and their protection by Pharaonic law made the species common on the streets of Egypt and gave rise to the name "pharaoh's chicken".

5 ٥ جمهورية مصر العربية
LE جـ
A.R.E.
1415 1994 ECC ١٤١٥ ١٩٩٤

Edge
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Silver
Fineness 0.999
Weight 22.5 g
Diameter 39 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Mexican Mint (Mo)

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