Egypt’s Finance Ministry has announced the issue of a EGP100 commemorative coin in silver to mark the Pharaohs’ Golden Parade on 3 April 2021. The parade saw the transfer of 22 royal mummies from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to the National Museum for Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC) in al-Fustat, Old Cairo. Most of the mummies belonged to Egypt’s New Kingdom (1539 BC – 1075 BC); among them were the last king of the 17th Dynasty Seqnenre Tao, also Seti I, Ramses II, Ramses IX, Thutmose III, Merit Amun who was the beloved daughter of Ramses II, and Queen Hatshepsut who ruled as a pharaoh. The transfer was done in a spectacular procession on specially designed vehicles, in parallel to a magnificent musical concert at NMEC attended by President Sisi who, once the parade arrived, was on hand to welcome Egypt’s King’s and Queens to their new home.
The new EGP100 coin carries the name and logo of the parade in Arabic and English on one side; on the other it carries the 100 Pound denomination, with the two zeros in the “100” designed as pharaonic cartouches.
The Cabinet has decreed that the Finance Ministry should also issue EGP1 and EGP0.50 coins for use as legal tender, with the same design of the newly issued coins.
8 August 2021