British Museum Lewis Chessmen - The Queen - 1.5 oz Gold Coin
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Joining Rosland’s British Museum Masterpiece Collection is this 1.5 oz gold queen of the north - a chess piece made from walrus ivory in Norway about AD 1150-1200 and found in 1831 hidden in a sandbank on the coast of the Scottish Isle of Lewis. This is one of 93 pieces found in the hoard, possibly hidden for safety by a trader traveling the sea routes connecting Scandinavia and the British Isles in the Middle Ages. Chess came via the Islamic world to Christian Europe, where the game was adapted to reflect medieval European society with its kings, queens, bishops and warriors.
This 2022-issue 1.5 oz, 999.9 fine gold proof coin appears in a strictly limited mintage of 200. The 40mm 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 independent Swiss Assayer at PAMP.
A 2.5 oz 999.0 fine silver coin is included at no charge with the purchase of each gold coin. Each set comes in an impressive presentation box
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|Weight:||1.5 Troy oz|