Isle of Man 1 Crown, 2008, Mint, Tutankhamun Coffin Pyramid
For the first time in thirty five years, London welcomes back the treasures of the world’s most famous pharaoh, Tutankhamun. In 1972, the unprecedented Tutankhamun Exhibition fascinated visitors worldwide with London striking attendance records of 1.7 million.
November 2008 sees these marvellous historical artefacts and more returned to London – the only city in Europe to host the ‘Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs’ exhibition – and to celebrate this momentous event, Pobjoy Mint is thrilled to announce the release of a phenomenal series of coins on behalf of the Isle of Man Treasury, which includes the world’s first pyramid shaped coins.This exceptional collector's coin in bronze features the Canopic Coffinette. In the process of mummification the pharaoh’s internal organs were removed from its body and preserved in four miniature coffins. One of Tutankhamun’s coffinettes appears in the centre of this design with two cartouches - one on each side - which spell in hieroglyphics the young pharaoh’s birth name Tutankhamun, and his throne name Nebkheperure.