This beautiful Silver coin commemorates one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site that is continuously destroyed by wars, the Bride of the Desert – Palmyra. The coin features the new Top Minting technology to reflect even the tiniest detail, has a beautiful Gold plating, has a Proof quality and comes in a case, along with the Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage to only 555 pcs worldwide!
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Availability date: 07/26/2017
Palmyra is an ancient Semitic city in present-day Homs Governorate, Syria. Archaeological finds date back to the Neolithic period, and the city was first documented in the early second millennium BC. Palmyra changed hands on a number of occasions between different empires before becoming a subject of the Roman Empire in the first century AD. The city grew wealthy from trade caravans; the Palmyrenes were renowned merchants who established colonies along the Silk Road and operated throughout the Roman Empire. Palmyra's wealth enabled the construction of monumental projects, such as the Great Colonnade, the Temple of Bel, and the distinctive tower tombs. The Palmyrenes were a mix of Amorites, Arameans, and Arabs. The city's social structure was tribal, and its inhabitants spoke Palmyrene (a dialect of Aramaic); Greek was used for commercial and diplomatic purposes. The culture of Palmyra was influenced by Greco-Roman culture and produced distinctive art and architecture that combined eastern and western traditions. The city's inhabitants worshiped local Semitic deities, Mesopotamian and Arab gods. In 2015, Palmyra came under the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and subsequently changed hands several times between the militant group and the Syrian Army who retook the city on 2 March 2017. ISIL sabotaged many artifacts and destroyed a number of buildings considerably damaging the ancient site.
The reverse of the coin features a beautiful gilded lion over a background of the ancient ruins of Palmyra. On the right of the reverse, the inscription: “S.O.S. PALMYRA” – the name of the coin. The obverse of the coin presents a radial design and the inscriptions: “REPUBLIQUE DU CAMEROUN” – the issue country, “500 FRANCS CFA” – the face value, “2017” – the year of issue and “Ag 999” – the fineness of the Silver.