2 oz Republic of Chad Ramesses II – After Life 2017
This new Republic of Chad release in the incredibly unique and popular Egyptian Relic Series, is produced by Scottsdale Mint. This coin is actually the second of a pair of coins featuring Ramesses II. An ancient Egyptian Pharaoh, Ramesses reigned over the vast Egyptian Empire from 1279 B.C. to his death in 1213 B.C. Most historians consider Ramesses II as one of the most powerful and effective Pharaohs ever to rule the Empire.
Ramesses II Legacy
Ramesses' great legacy of accomplishments over the 66 years of his reign is nothing short of astounding! Through both hard fought campaigns and wise diplomacy, he was able to restore and secure the Empire's failing borders. Ramesses also was firmly dedicated to building throughout the realm, establishing great memorials and monuments. This has provided archeologists and historians troves of information regarding the Period. Interestingly, he also moved the capitol from Thebes, to establish a new city in the eastern Delta region. He named it Pi-Ramesses Aa-nakntu, translated, "Domain of Ramesses, Great in Victory."
Unique Design and Styling
The coin's design is based on actual ancient hieroglyphs, incuse engraved,* with added hand-brushed antique finish. With the additional touch of the edge's appearance having a chiseled-stone look, the resulting overall effect is like handling a stone carving.
The obverse design began with the image of Ramesses, as often depicted in ancient hieroglyphs and statues. That is how it was displayed on the first coin in the Ramesses series. The After Life design has been significantly aged. Of course, the most obvious change was to Ramesses' head and face, which had portrayed a man in the prime of his years. In the After Life version, we see only an ancient scull. However, this is not the only modification.
The entire obverse displays a remarkable master craftsmanship in the application of aging to the entire scene. The fine-line cracks displayed earlier, now show deep fissures. The stories depicted by the hieroglyphs had been legible, but now faded and marred beyond retrieval. Every aspect of the design has been touched quite harshly by the natural forces of decay and dissolution. There was no escape from this end.
Yet, this second coin design in the Ramesses series is entitled, After Life. Could it possibly be, that this design is actually contrasting what can be seen in the death and decay, which surrounds us, with what we cannot see of the After Life?
The reverse of each coin in the series displays a large, finely engraved image of the Republic of Chad's coat of arms. Encircling the image at the rim are the inscriptions, "Republic Du Tchad 2 Troy Oz 1000 Francs CFA .999 Fine Silver." Immediately below the coat of arms is the the release year.
*Incuse design is when an image, which might normally be engraved to be raised above the coin's surface, is rather struck to be recessed into the surface.
This release makes a remarkable contribution to the Republic of Chad Egyptian Relics Series!
- The second of a pair of Egyptian Relics Series coins featuring Ramesses II.
- Contains 2 oz of .999 fine Silver.
- Struck in an incredible rimless, incuse design, with a hand-brushed antique finish.
- Each 2 oz coin is packaged in an attractive gift box, designed for the series.
- Limited Mintage not to exceed 25,000.
- Obverse: Features a depiction of the Egyptian Pharaoh, Ramesses II, using the same scene as shown on the first Ramesses coin, yet much more aged, as demonstrated by the skull.
- Reverse: Displays a large, finely engraved image of the Republic of Chad's coat of arms, with inscriptions "Republic DU Tchad," the release year, weight, purity, and face value.
Do you want to learn more about the history of ancient Egyptian Pharaohs as featured in this amazing coin series? Here is a good place to begin:
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