The ‘Egyptians’ continues the ‘Afterlife – Rites of Passage’ series as the second issue from Palau. It shows the burial rites of a fallen Egyptian pharaoh on the reverse and the afterlife ‘Duat / Field of Reeds’ on the obverse. This coin is struck using enhanced Smartminting©️ technology which results in stunning ultra high relief on both faces. The coin has an antique finish with discreet coloring and is struck on a 2 oz pure silver 45mm blank.
It has a limited mintage of only 555 pcs worldwide and delivers in a deluxe box and a Certificate of Authenticity.
The reverse displays an Egyptian burial ceremony. In the front there is a traditional procession where the deceased are carried to their resting place. There are tombs, rows of statues and pyramids in the background. Colorful hieroglyphs and images adorn the walls.
The obverse side of the coin features Duat & Field of Reeds, the Egyptian after world with Gods Anubis and Ra tending to the spiriutal passage. The Coat of Arms of Palau is inserted on the right with the inscriptions: “REPUBLIC OF PALAU” (the issuing country) and “2023” (the year of issue) and “10 $” (the face value) at the bottom.
Ancient Egyptian afterlife beliefs were centered around a variety of complex rituals that were influenced by many aspects of Egyptian culture. The Egyptian concept of ‘eternal life’ was often seen as being reborn indefinitely. The burial practices involved a lot of stages and differed throughout the hierarchy of the Egyptian civilization. For Pharaohs, the dead would first be mummified and put into a coffin. It would then be carried in a procession through a corridor of many statues into a tomb. In the tomb a lot of treasures would be put as well to be used in the afterlife. The most important however was food as the spirit could still starve before it reached the after world.