This extraordinary 3 oz Silver coin depicts the cat god Bastet ushers in the second series of Egyptian Symbols coins. The first coin to launch is ‘Bastet’, the goddess that protected the worshippers home from evil spirits and diseases. Bastet was associated with woman above all else, particularly fertility and childbirth, but also with the Egyptian civilisations favourite animal, the humble cat (if you could ever call a cat humble, that is…)
- First issue in the new Egyptian Symbols II Series
- Deep antique finish
- Highly detailed strike
- Select gilding and color applications
- Limited mintage of only 500 pieces worldwide
An incredibly popular deity, as you’d expect from a domestic guardian, she was the daughter of Ra, and over the history of Egypt, changed from a third millennium BCE depiction as lioness-headed, to having the head of a cat some 2,000 years later. It’s easy to understand why Bastet was so popular. Cats keep down vermin, thus protecting grain and stopping the spread of disease. They also protect their young in a highly relateable way. Worship of the goddess faded in the Ptolemaic era, although the Greeks sometimes equated her with their own goddess, Artemis.
The obverse is a random selection of architectural monuments from the civilisation, with the Great Pyramids, Abu Simbel, and the Sphinx being the most recognisable elements. The first series had a new obverse for every release, but we’re unsure if that is the case for series II. A border surrounds the design on each face, which is identical.
It’s a striking coin, with lots of crisp high-relief and doesn’t waste any space on either the reverse or the obverse face
“Egyptian Symbols II”
|Weight (g)||3 oz (93.3)|
|Presentation case (box)||Yes|
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