An American company has coordinated the release of a coin for the
African country of Chad, with a theme celebrating ancient Egypt.
The Scottsdale Mint’s latest release in the Egyptian Relic series
celebrates Queen Nefertiti, the Egyptian queen and great royal wife of
Akhenaten, an Egyptian pharaoh.
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The 5-ounce silver coin is denominated 3,000 francs CFA.
The “rimless” design honoring the ancient queen is struck 11.8
millimeters thick and in a style to replicate a hand-carved Egyptian relic.
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The coin features a hand-brushed antique Proof finish and a distinct
incuse design and a rough finish, to imitate the appearance of an
ancient well-circulated coin.
A right-facing profile of Nefertiti appears on the obverse against a
background filled with Egyptian hieroglyphs.
The reverse shows the national crest of the Republic of Chad. The
design includes a shield in the center, with a lion on the right and a
goat on the left.
The national motto, common to many former French colonies, “Unite
Travail Progres,” appears on a banner below. The nation of issue is
inscribed along with the face value, year of issue, weight, metal
content, and purity.
The coin measures 42 millimeters in diameter and has a maximum
mintage of 30,000 coins.
Single coins are packed in an individual glossy gift box, and
multiples of four coins arrive in a larger box.
The coin is available through distributors now at various prices
based on the quantity purchased and payment method. Prices for
the 5-ounce coin are generally around $4 per ounce above the silver or