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Since time immemorial gold has had a special effect on those who behold it.
The Magic of Gold series traces the mysterious nature of gold in Ancient cultures. No other metal has as much symbolic meaning as gold and no other concrete substance has been linked with so many abstract concepts, including heavenliness, immortality, purity and power. The word ‘gold’ is written on each coin in the series in the respective script of the epoch and culture represented on it.
All the coins are a reflection of ancient art treasures. What was made of gold in the past still is today and, as it has for thousands of years, gold still has a mysterious and magical power.
With the first coin in the Magic of Gold series we travel back in time to Ancient Mesopotamia, ‘the land between two rivers’, the Tigris and the Euphrates. In Mesopotamian culture the ownership of gold was associated with high standing and all gold had to be handed over to the ruling classes and religious leaders. It was reserved for the powerful and the even more powerful – the gods. Mesopotamian gold was mainly sourced from Egypt, where it was believed that the streets were paved with the precious metal.
The coin features the legendary ruler King Nebuchadnezzar II (circa 640-562 BC) who, according to the Book of Daniel in the Old Testament, erected a huge golden statue and made his subjects worship it on bended knee. The other side of the coin shows a bull’s head taken 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 string instruments and it is of enormous significance for the Iraqi people and art enthusiasts all over the world. This makes the fact that it was badly damaged during the Iraq War even more tragic. However, with the help of craftsmen and women from around the world, British music enthusiast Andy Lowing managed to produce a detailed copy of the original, so the sound of the instrument can be heard once again.
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