Cook Islands – 2011 – 20 Dollars – Tutanchamon SPECIAL EDITION [masterpieces of art series] 3oz zilver + 1/4oz goud (PROOF)
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999 pieces individual number, 55mm, PROOF. SPECIAL EDITION! 3 ounces .999 silver plus 1/4 ounce .999 gold inlay colored. Coin set with 26 Swarovski crystals.
Tutankhamun (alternately spelled with Tutenkh-, -amen, -amon), Egyptian twt-?n?-??mn, approx. [t?wa?t ?a?n?x ?a?ma?n]; 1341 BC – 1323 BC) was an Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty (ruled c.1333 BC – 1323 BC in the conventional chronology), during the period of Egyptian history known as the New Kingdom. His original name, Tutankhaten, means Living Image of Aten , while Tutankhamun means Living Image of Amun . In hieroglyphs the name Tutankhamun was typically written Amen-tut-ankh, because of a scribal custom that placed a divine name at the beginning of a phrase to show appropriate reverence. He is possibly also the Nibhurrereya of the Amarna letters. He was likely the 18th dynasty king ‘Rathotis’ who, according to Manetho, an ancient historian, had reigned for nine years — a figure which conforms with Flavius Josephus’s version of Manetho’s Epitome.
The 1922 discovery by Howard Carter and George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon of Tutankhamun’s nearly intact tomb received worldwide press coverage. It sparked a renewed public interest in ancient Egypt, for which Tutankhamun’s burial mask remains the popular symbol. Exhibits of artifacts from his tomb have toured the world. In February 2010, the results of DNA tests confirmed that Tutankhamun’s Y-chromosome belongs to the R1b haplogroup. R1b is the most common Y-chromosome haplogroup in Europe reaching its highest concentrations in Ireland, Scotland, western England and the European Atlantic seaboard, rippling through the rest of Europe. The tests also confirmed that he was the son of Akhenaten (mummy KV55) and his sister/wife (mummy KV35YL), whose name is unknown but whose remains are positively identified as The Younger Lady mummy found in KV35.