Flavor Text from the artist, Jackalgirl:
inspiration for this coin comes from the glorious Middle- and New
Kingdoms of Ancient Egypt. Lotus buds and flowers (Nymphaea caerulea),
symbols of creation & rebirth, are used to create a compass rose
around the central disk of the sun. The directions are represented in
four forms of text: hieroglyphs, Gardnerian transliteration, English,
and an approximation of how the word might be pronounced (based on the
study of both Middle Egyptian and its still-extant descendant, Coptic).
South is at the top, as it was represented in Egyptian art (and, in
fact, the Egyptian word for "south" also means "up").
On the reverse, the classic representation of Aten (the sun disk,
represented in the way made very famous by the artisans of the Amarna
period) is, of course, geocaching, as any self-respecting sun deity with
eons of time on its many, many hands would probably be doing. Aten has
found an ammo can and is signing the log and -- what's that? A bug is
This coin was initially released in five versions:
Aten - classic Egyptian colors with gold plating
Set - copper plating done up primarily in shades of red, Set's color
Osiris - greens and blacks, representing the lush growth of life in
the rich soil of the Nile Valley, on gold.
Nepthys - silver plating with blues and purples
Anubis - the Artist Edition, in satin gold with enamel wash in black
and highlights in blues and greens.