Mintage of only 5,000 coins!
This lovely Sterling Silver egg-shaped coin weighs 1.9 oz and features "The Coronation Egg." The egg is decorated with crosshatch design and intricate flowers. In front of the egg sits the small yet elaborate carriage which was the surprise inside of the original Coronation Egg. The obverse features "The Spring Flowers Egg" as well as a small image of the queen which appears to be floating above the egg in detailed bordering. Comes to you in a dark wood box with a Certificate of Authenticity from the Mint of Poland.
The coin reverse is based off of the "Coronation Egg." The egg is enameled in a deep Gold hue over guilloché sunburst patterns and blanketed by a gold trellis marked by diamond-set Imperial eagles at the intersections. At the top of the egg is the crowned monogram of Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna emblazoned in rose-cut diamonds and rubies. The date 1897 appears beneath a smaller portrait diamond at the bottom of the egg. When the egg is opened, the surprise is a removable replica of a coach of Gold, enamel, diamond and rock crystal.
The tradition of the Faberge egg began in 1885 when Tsar Alexander III gifted one to his wife, the Empress Maria Fedorovna. That egg was known as the "Hen Egg." It was crafted from Gold and featured an opaque white enameled ‘shell’ which opens to reveal its first surprise, a matte yellow Gold yolk. This in turn opens to reveal a multi-coloured gold hen which also opens. It contained a minute diamond replica of the Imperial Crown from which a small ruby pendant was suspended. The idea came about from an egg decor piece owned by her aunt, which she cherished in her childhood memories. Since then, there have been a number of Faberge Eggs made as gifts for Imperials.
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