The Egyptian finance ministry issues a EGP 100 commemorative silver coin to mark the Pharaohs’ Golden Parade in April. Cabinet
The Egyptian finance ministry has announced that it is issuing a commemorative coin to mark the Pharaohs’ Golden Parade that was held last April, which involved the transferring of 22 royal mummies from one museum to another in Cairo.
The parade, which gained international media attention, was accompanied by festivities and artistic shows.
The new 100 Egyptian pound coin has the name and logo of the parade on it in Arabic and English to mark the event, the finance ministry said in a statement.
The ministry said it will also issue EGP 1 and 0.50 coins in circulation with the same design of the EGP 100 coins.
The parade traversed the streets of Cairo from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC) in Fustat.
The motorcade led 22 ancient Egyptian chariots drawn by 44 horses, and upon their arrival at the NMEC, the mummies were welcomed with full military honours.
One-hundred-and-fifty horses and their riders said goodbye to the royal mummies upon their departure from Tahrir Square and stood ready to welcome them upon their arrival at the NMEC.
The first mummy to lead the parade was that of King Seqnenre, the warrior who led the liberation war against the Hyksos invaders of Egypt. The other kings then followed in chronological order.
The 22 mummies comprised 18 kings and four queens.
The logo of the event is inspired by the ancient Egyptian belief in eternity and resurrection. It consists of a scarab flanked by sun rays and falcon feathers, making this the symbol of this historic event.