• British Museum Chessmen - The Warder - 2.5 oz Silver Coin
  • British Museum Chessmen - The Warder - 2.5 oz Silver Coin
  • British Museum Chessmen - The Warder - 2.5 oz Silver Coin
  • British Museum Chessmen - The Warder - 2.5 oz Silver Coin

British Museum Chessmen - The Warder - 2.5 oz Silver Coin

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This warder, or rook, is one of the 67 Lewis Chessmen in the collection of the British Museum, part of a remarkable hoard of carved walrus ivory. They were probably made in Norway, about AD 1150-1200 and were found in 1831 on the Isle of Lewis, one of 500 islands in the Outer Hebrides, off the western coast of Scotland. The hoard consists of 93 pieces and includes 78 chessmen, 14 large gaming counters, and an elaborately carved belt buckle. Eleven of the chessmen are at the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh and the rest of the hoard is at the British Museum. The chess pieces testify to the strong cultural and political connections between the kingdoms of the British Isles and Scandinavia in the Middle Ages. Chess travelled via the Islamic world to Christian Europe, where the game was adapted to reflect medieval European society.

The 2021-issue 2.5 oz, 999.0 fine silver proof coin appears in a strictly limited mintage of 2500. The 50mm diameter, legal tender coin bears a portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse and is minted by PAMP SA, one of the world’s finest mints.

The protective packaging features the intricate carved ivory of another of the chess pieces, the Bishop, and acts as a numbered certificate of authenticity, with statements of weight, purity, and quality, together with the signature of the accredited Swiss assayer at PAMP.

Reference: 521

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Metal: Fine Silver
Fineness: 999.0
Weight: 2.5 Troy Oz
Diameter: 50mm
Depth: 3.7mm
Quality: Proof
Edge: Reeded
Quantity: 2,500