One of the Wonders of Ancient Egypt, the Great Sphinx is featured on this incredible collector's coin issued by Pobjoy Mint on behalf of the British Virgin Islands (BVI). Following on from the huge success of the Ultra High Relief Pyramids coin in 2014, and continuing with the Egyptian theme, the British Virgin Islands Government has approved the release of a new Ultra High Relief commemorative coin featuring this amazing monument.
- Contains 1 oz of .999 fine Silver.
- Comes in original mint box with a certificate of authenticity.
- Mintage of only 1,999.
- Obverse: Features an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS.
- Reverse: Features an image of the historic Sphinx in Ultra High Relief. To replicate the Sphinx’s towering height, this ultra high relief coin creates a three-dimensional image that rises majestically above the coin’s surface.
- Guaranteed by the British Virgin Islands Government.
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Built more than 4,500 years ago, the Great Sphinx is now one of the best-known symbols of Egypt, yet nobody knows its true meaning or what ancient secrets it might hold. The limestone statue of a reclining sphinx, a mythical creature with a lion’s body and a human head, stands on the Giza Plateau on the west bank of the Nile in Giza, Egypt. It is the largest monolith statue in the world, standing 20.22 meters high and 73.5 meters long and it is also the oldest known monumental sculpture, commonly believed to have been built by the ancient Egyptians during the reign of the Pharaoh Khafra (around 2558-2532 BC).
The Sphinx has been a symbol of Egypt from ancient times to the present. It has inspired the imaginations of artists, poets, adventurers, scholars and travelers for centuries and has also inspired endless speculation about its age and meaning.
The idea that countries, big or small, can and should have their own coinage is what pushed the Pobjoy Mint forward. Pobjoy approached the Isle of Man government to begin a program of collector coins with corresponding values and specifications as British coins. In 1972, the Pobjoy Mint created the first practical set of coins for the Isle of Man including a 1/2 penny and up to 50 pence coins. These coins included historical and cultural elements, such as the Isle of Man’s distinctive three-legged “Triskele” insignia.
Since then, the Pobjoy Mint has issued an array of innovative and artistic coins sought after by some of the choosiest collectors. One particular contribution to numismatics and coin production was the development of the world’s first satisfactory man-made Precious Metal, called Virenium, which has been used in high denomination coinage since 1978. This was hailed worldwide as the first significant breakthrough in coinage from the last century.
The Pobjoy Mint provides circulation and collector coinage for 12 countries and territories, and that number is ever increasing. Pobjoy Mint has been consistently recognized within the numismatic industry for their innovations, including 45 “firsts” such as the first Silver one kilo coin, the first coin in the shape of the Eiffel Tower, the first titanium coin and the world’s highest relief coin. The Pobjoy Mint has demonstrated their ability to push the limits of the coin industry to surprising achievements and new heights.