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BABYLON Mesopotamia Forgotten Cities 1 Oz Silver Coin 2$ Niue 2016


This is the fifth and final release in the beautiful series “Forgotten Cities” and features the most famous city from ancient Mesopotamia - Babylon. This Silver coin has a Proof quality and captures the air of mystery of this forgotten city. Limited mintage to only 2.000 pieces worldwide!

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Babylon is the most famous city from ancient Mesopotamia whose ruins lie in modern-day Iraq 59 miles (94 kilometres) southwest of Baghdad. Babylon was founded at some point prior to the reign of Sargon of Akkad (also known as Sargon the Great) who ruled from 2334-2279 BCE and claimed to have built temples at Babylon (other ancient sources seem to indicate that Sargon himself founded the city). At that time, Babylon seems to have been a minor city or perhaps a large port town on the Euphrates River at the point where it runs closest to the river Tigris. Whatever early role the city played in the ancient world is lost to modern-day scholars because the water level in the region has risen steadily over the centuries and the ruins of Old Babylon have become inaccessible. The ruins which were excavated by Koldewey, and are visible today, date only to well over one thousand years after the city was founded. The historian Paul Kriwaczek, among other scholars, claims it was established by the Amorites following the collapse of the Third Dynasty of Ur. This information, and any other pertaining to Old Babylon, comes to us today through artifacts which were carried away from the city after the Persian invasion or those which were created elsewhere.

  • CountryNiue
  • Year2016
  • Face Value2 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)40
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)2.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

The reverse of the coin depicts the old city, Babylon, with great walls and different symbols of animals. Recorded on the coin is the engraved latitude and longitude of this historic location. The coin’s obverse depicts the Queen Elizabeth II, “Niue” – the issue country, “Two Dollars” – the face value and “2016” – issue year.