Forgotten Cities Silver Coin - Machu Picchu
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The mystique of the forgotten city is engraved into this Forgotten Cities Silver Coin - Machu Picchu. The Incas built this city around 1450AD, as what is now believed to be an estate for the Inca emperor, Pachacuti (1438-1472), but abandoned it at the time of the Spanish Conquest only a century later. Lost to memory except to the local population it wasn't 'rediscovered' and bought to international attention until 1911, by the American Hiram Bingham.
Recorded on the coin is the engraved longitude and latitude of this exciting location. And wait there's more! The explorer's journal themed packaging holds the clue to the next release in this coin collection!
Style Number: 30-00359
Machu Picchu is hidden away 2,430 metres (7,970 ft) above sea level, deep in the mountains of Peru. It is said that this forgotten city of the Incas was built as an estate for the Emperor Pachacuti.
Built around 1450 A.D. the city was abandoned a century later at the time of the Spanish Conquest. Nestled on a small hilltop between the Andean Mountain Range and the sacred Urubamba Valley far below, the majestic city was slowly lost to memory.
Centuries passed. While local people knew of the site, it was never discovered by the Spanish conquerors. Then one cold day in 1911, the story is told that a local Peruvian guide led Professor Hiram Bingham up a steep mountainside, making him the first Western scholar to ever lay eyes on this forgotten city.
To this day, many of Machu Picchu’s mysteries remain unresolved and lost to history. In 1983 Machu Picchu was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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