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2016 Forgotten Cities Babylon 1oz Silver Proof Coin

The ruins of the forgotten city of Babylon are located less than 100 km (60 miles) southwest of modern-day Baghdad.

The eventful known history of Babylon begins in the era of the influential and visionary King Hammurabi (1792-1750 BC), who transformed a small city into undoubtedly the most powerful and influential in all of Mesopotamia.

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Famous for its opulent buildings, canals and the incredible “Hanging Gardens”, Babylon also boasted a reputation of being a centre of learning and culture as well as being the original source for a code of law, pre-dating the Mosaic Law.

The long history of decline began in 539 BC when the empire fell to the Persians in a clever scheme, which saw the Euphrates River being diverted, allowing the Persian Army enter the city.

Babylon later succumbed to the power of Alexander the Great (331 BC), and to the Parthian Empire (141 BC) after which, it became deserted and forgotten. The city steadily fell into ruin and whatever remained, became buried in sand, until the 19th century when German archaeologist Robert Koldewey uncovered the ruins of the once great city of the “Gate of the Gods”.

The Forgotten Cities - Babylon 1oz Silver Coin is packaged in an impressive explorer-themed travel journal coin case.

The New Zealand Mint will release no more than 2,000 of the 2016 Forgotten Cities Babylon 1oz Silver Proof Coin.

Product Code: 30-00470

Metal Content (Troy oz) 1

Monetary Denomination (NIUE) 2

Fineness (% purity) 99.9

Maximum Diameter (mm) 40.00 Nominal

Maximum Mintage: 2,000

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