This breathtaking coin KAPALA SKULL of Tibet culture has a level of mysticism associated with it that has fascinated Westerners for decades. It will be showcasing iconic items from some of the worlds more colourful and striking cultures. The first issue of the series called "World Cultures" is a perfect example of what we can look forward to. The relief certainly looks good on this one. The skull and surrounding art are quite intricate and the small turquoise placed on the forehead is itself surrounded by plenty of fine detail.
One of the unusual items to come from the region is the Kapala Skull. A Kapala is a cup made from a human skull and is used in both Hindu Tantra and Buddhist Tantra as a ritual implement. Tibetan skullcups are known for their ornate carving and are often mounted with elaborate gems and precious metals. They are used in Tibetan monasteries to hold bread or dough cakes, torma, and wine in place of blood and flesh. The offerings are to potent gods like Dharmapāla (“defender of the faith”), and the Karpala is often depicted being carried by many deities of the Vajrayana in both Hindu and Buddhist religious imagery.
The obverse should be one common to the series and is also packed with fine detail all over. Issued for Cameroon, it features the African nations emblem in the centre, but the border is unique to this series. The two-ounce, high-relief, rimless silver coin has become the darling of the higher-end world and for good reason. It allows an ambitious design at a reasonable cost, with plenty of metal available to form impressive levels of relief.
|Denomination||2,000 Francs CFA|
|Weight (g)||2 oz (62.2)|
|Certificate (COA)||Yes |
|Presentation case (box)||Yes|