The Magic of Gold coin series by the Austrian Mint aims to depict the symbolical role of gold throughout history. Its coins take into consideration the mysterious significance of gold in civilisations such as Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, the Peruvian Incas, and the Scythians. No other metal has proven to hold such meaning, which is why this coin series is all the more special.
Amongst this series is the 1/2 oz Gold of Mesopotamia Gold Coin. In this ancient civilisation, also known as the ‘land between two rivers’, the ownership of gold was associated with high societal standing. Gold belonged only to the ruling classes, religious leaders, and essentially the most powerful - the gods. The Gold of Mesopotamia coin features ruler King Nebuchadnezzar II (circa 640-562 BC) wearing a horned crown. According to the Book of Daniel in the Old Testament, Nebuchadnezzar II erected a large golden statue and made his subjects worship it. This again demonstrates the significance of gold amongst the ruling classes of Mesopotamia. The coins’ reverse features a bull’s head from a detail found on the Golden Lyre of Ur, which was discovered in 1929 in the Royal Cemetery of Ur, located in present-day Iraq. Created roughly 4,500 years ago, the lyre is considered to be one of the world’s oldest surviving stringer instruments.
This coin is a unique piece by an internationally renowned Mint. Holding a face value of 100 Euros, this coin proves a worthy purchase for investors and collectors. As part of a limited edition series, The Gold of Mesopotamia 1/2 oz gold coin is one of more to come.
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