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NEFERTITI Nofretete Queen History of Egypt Coin 1$ Cook Islands 2013


Egypt not only reflects an eventful recent history but is considered to be one of the first ever advanced civilisations of mankind. Even over 3‘000 years ago, Egyptian architects built the most beautiful buildings and craftsmen produced the finest statues, masks and pieces of jewellery. With this series, we would like to bring this incomparable culture and its treasures nearer to you.

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Nefertiti (ca. 1370 BC – ca. 1330 BC) was the Great Royal Wife of the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten. She and her husband were known for a religious revolution, in which they started to worship one god only. This was Aten, or the sun disc. Some scholars believe that Nefertiti ruled briefly after her husband's death as Neferneferuaten, although this identification is a matter of ongoing debate.
She was made famous by her bust which is now in Berlin's Neues Museum. Nefertiti's place as an icon in popular culture is secure as she has become somewhat of a celebrity. She influenced through photographs the standards of feminine beauty of the 20th century, and is often referred to as "the most beautiful woman in the world".

  • CountryCook Islands
  • Year2013
  • Face Value1 Dollar
  • MetalCupronickel, Silver
  • Weight (g)25
  • Diameter (mm)38.61
  • QualityProoflike
  • Mintage (pcs)5.000
  • Certificate (COA)No
  • Presentation case (box)No
The coin reverse depics the Nefertiti bust that has been discovered by the German Egyptologist Ludwig Borchardt during excavations in the studio of the sculptor Thutmosis on December 6th, 1912 in Armarna. The Berlin cotton merchant James Simon financed the excavation. In January 1913, with the approval of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquitiy, the bust was brought to Germany. Today it is the main attraction of the Egyptian Museum in Berlin. So far, in comparison to other portraits or relief representations of Queen Nefertiti, the bust is the only object in which the left eye is missing. The mask is coloured as the original one and it is decorated by pad-printing technique. Issued as Tokelau Islands legal tender, the coin’s obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination.