Silver In Ancient Egypt
Silver was a late comer to the Egyptian Dynastic scene. When silver was introduced to Egyptian culture around the time of Queen Hetephere (2575 BC – 2551 BC) of the Fourth Dynasty (2613 BC- 2498 BC), it was generally forged in thinner quantities than gold jewelry, indicating that it was probably considered more valuable than gold. By the 12th-19th dynasties (1991 BC-1189 BC), however, silver had fallen to about half the price of gold.
While gold had been referred to throughout the ancient Egyptian period by the symbol nebu, silver was not given a proper symbol and was referred to simply as “white metal”. When a silver hieroglyph was adopted it was a created (ligatured) from the gold hieroglyph, indicating that the ancient Egyptians viewed the two precious metals as similar.
From the 18th-20th Dynasties 1549–1077, gold was used more than silver in jewelry and was found in smaller quantities in burial tombs of that period. For example, vasts amount of gold were found in the tomb of Tutankhamen (ruled 1332–1323 BC), an Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty, while only small amounts of silver relics were present in his tomb.
By the 21-22nd dynasties (1069 BC-720 BC) the pharaohs were buried with more silver found in their tombs than those of previous pharaohs, although gold was still present. Indeed, the pharaoh Heqakheperre Shoshenq II (died 888 BC) was buried in a gilded hawkhead solid silver coffin. His funeral mask, however, was gold.
The images of Ancient Egypt’s symbols and Pharaohs come alive in these Egyptian silver rounds and bars, available in 1/10, 14/, 1/2, 1 and 3 ounce sizes.
1/10 oz Silver Round Monarch Egyptian Queen Nefertiti .999 Fine Fractional Silver Bullion
Queen Nefertiti reigned from 1353 to 1336 B.C. during the 18th dynasty. She ruled Egypt just prior to King Tutankhamen and was buried at the Great Pyramid in Giza Egypt.
These Queen Nefertiti silver rounds are one tenth ounce of pure silver and show the Queen’s visage on the front beside an ankh (the Egyptian symbol of life). The reverse features a cartouche representing the Queen’s name and title.
Multiples of 20 1/10 oz Egyptian Queen Nefertiti silver rounds come in muslin drawstring bags.
1/4 oz Silver Rounds MPM Egyptian .999+ Fine Fractional Bullion (King Tut & Pyramid)
King Tutankhamen was a boy king who ruled Egypt from 1332–1323 BC. He is famous for his tomb, burial mask and relics that were found largely undisturbed in 1923 by English archaeologist Howard Carter.
These King “Tut” silver rounds are 1/4 ounces of .999 fine silver. The front shows King Tut facing forward. Surrounding the King’s visage are Egyptian symbols. The back features an Egyptian Pyramid and various Egyptian symbols including a scarab (Egyptian beetle symbolizing rebirth and regeneration).
Multiples of 20 1/4 oz King Tut & Pyramid Silver Rounds come in small drawstring burlap coin bags.
1/2 oz Silver Rounds MPM Egyptian .999+ Fine Fractional Bullion (Pharaoh & Scarab)
Pharaohs and Scarabs are often depicted together in ancient Egyptian arts and crafts. Pharaohs were the rulers of Egypt and revered. Scarabs were symbols of rebirth and life. These 1/2 silver rounds depict both, a Pharaoh on the front and a Scarab on the reverse with the Eye of Horus over its head.
Multiples of 20 1/2 oz Silver Rounds MPM Egyptian Pharaoh & Scarab rounds come in small drawstring canvas coin bag.
1 oz Silver Relic Bar Monarch Egyptian God Anubis .999 Fine Ingot
Anubis was an Egyptian God responsible for embalming and ushering souls into the afterlife and guarding the tombs and graves of the dead. The Anubis silver relic bars are one ounce .999 pure silver. On the front, Anubis is seen attending to a mummified body surrounded by ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. On the back Anubis is seen again with the scales used to determine the fate of the deceased in the after world.
Multiples of 7 Anubis Silver Relic Bars come in green jute drawstring bags
3 oz Silver Relic Bar Monarch Egyptian God Horus .999 Fine Ingot
Horus “Son of Isis” was the Egyptian god of kingship and the sky. As such, Horus is often depicted in the form of a falcon. These 3 ounce silver relic bars are .999 pure silver. The front of the bar shows Horus standing. On the back is Horus in falcon form.
Each Horus Silver Relic Bar is packaged in a small canvas drawstring bag.