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King Arthur

2 oz Pure Silver Coin – Republique du Tchad 2020 – 5000 Francs CFA

First established in the early 14th century, The Nine Worthies are a collective of nine personages presented by Jacques de Longuyon in his book, “The Vows of the Peacock”. The list is separated into three distinct groups of Pagans, Jews, and Christians. All men within the list share traits of chivalry and gallantry, and continue to be highly regarded by many for each of their unique virtues even up till this day, inspiring art and literature all over the world.

The first of the three Christian worthies, King Arthur is perhaps the most mysterious yet prominent legend since the 11th century. Most of the extensive literature surrounding King Arthur names him as a heroic and outstanding king armed with an enchanted sword, frequently referred to as the ‘Excalibur.’ With this, he led a camaraderie of warriors – the Knights of the Round Table – in his pursuit of the Holy Grail. King Arthur is often portrayed as the valiant and mighty ‘Once and Future King’.

This piece draws inspiration from Flemish artist Nicolaes De Bruyn’s 1594 engraving of King Arthur, profiling him in his armor to life-like detail. He is surrounded by the symbols of cupid and flowers that pay homage to the many stories of his moving and sacrificial love for Guinevere, while the rat signifies his intelligence and success in the pursuit of the Holy Grail.

A new minting technique called “Bi-Metal Max” was applied to give this piece its remarkable weight and 80mm diameter – double the size of the regular 2 oz collectible. This is made possible by combining 11.5 oz of copper as a base with a top layer of 2 oz of 999 fine silver, resulting in a super ultra-high relief topped with silver antiqued finishing.