2017 Chad 1 Kilogram Uxmal Ancient Mayan City Ultra High Relief Silver Coin Set
Art in Coins is pleased to present yet another mind blowing example in our growing selection of 1 Kilogram Centerpiece Collector coins. This issue, from Spanish producer Moneda Nueva is part of their ongoing kilogram weighted silver architectural series. Following the superb Taj Mahal coin in 2014 and last years equally fine Angkor Wat coin, they have once again upped their game with the stunning Uxmal for 2017. The format is one familiar to collectors of modern numismatics; antique-finish, ultra high-relief strike and a genuine inset gemstone.
Uxmal is an ancient Maya city of the classical period in present-day Mexico. It is considered one of the most important archaeological sites of Maya culture, along with Palenque, Chichén, and Calakmul in Mexico, Caracol and Xunantunich in Belize, and Tikal in Guatemala. It is located in the Puuc region and is considered one of the Maya cities most representative of the region's dominant architectural style. It has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of its significance.
It is located 62 km south of Mérida, capital of Yucatán state in Mexico. Its buildings are noted for their size and decoration. Ancient roads called sacbes connect the buildings, and also were built to other cities in the area such as Chichén Itzá in modern-day Mexico, Caracol and Xunantunich in modern-day Belize, and Tikal in modern-day Guatemala.
Its buildings are typical of the Puuc style, with smooth low walls that open on ornate friezes based on representations of typical Maya huts. These are represented by columns (representing the reeds used for the walls of the huts) and trapezoidal shapes (representing the thatched roofs). Entwined snakes and, in many cases two-headed snakes are used for masks of the rain god, Chaac; its big noses represent the rays of the storms. Feathered serpents with open fangs are shown leaving from the same human beings. Also seen in some cities are the influences of the Nahua, who followed the cult of Quetzalcoatl and Tlaloc. These were integrated with the original elements of the Puuc tradition.
The buildings take advantage of the terrain to gain height and acquire important volumes, including the Pyramid of the Magician, with five levels, and the Governor's Palace, which covers an area of more than 1,200 m2 (12,917 sq ft).
Issuer: Republic Of Chad
Quality: Ultra High Relief, Antique Finish
Denomination: 10,000 Francs
Metal Content: 1 Kilo (32.15 Grams)
Diameter: 100 mm
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