Isle of Man 1 Crown, 2008, Mint, King Tut's Death Mask
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 Death Mask. A popular icon for Ancient Egypt, Tutankhamun’s glorious funerary mask is undoubtedly the most renowned of all the artefacts recovered from the boy king’s tomb. Although the mask was deemed too precious to travel to London, no coin collection would be complete without it, so Pobjoy Mint produced a pyramid shaped coin depicting the Death Mask in Bronze.