On Sunday, December 12, 2021, a Commemorative Gold Coins was launched in honour of Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu ll at the Manhyia Palace, the 24-carat commemorative gold coins as part of celebrating 22 years of his contribution to the peace, stability and development of Ghana.
This is the first time non-circulating commemorative coins honouring people, locations, events, and institutions have been struck in the history of the country.
The launch was under the authorization of the Central Bank, the Bank Of Ghana, for Gold Coast Refinery Limited to mint the commemorative gold coins to celebrate the Asantehene.
The commemorative gold coins which were issued yesterday in Kumasi also marked the last Akwasidae festival of the year. The proceeds from the gold coin auction will be utilized to build a multi-purpose Cultural Resource Centre in Kumasi to support traditional and customary conflict resolution activities in Ghana.
All you need to know about the Commemorative Gold Coins.
The Asantehene Commemorative Gold Coins is a fitting memorial in honour of His Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II for the significant role he played in restoring peace to our brothers, the Dagbon Kingdom in the Northern Region of Ghana after decades of protracted Chieftaincy crisis between members of one royal household.
It’s also acknowledged Otumfuo’s role as an influence that has manifested in almost every election cycle in Ghana. That influence, additionally, has ensured peaceful elections, culminating in seamless transitions in governments, especially when power changed hands between the two dominant political parties in Ghana.
The face of the Gold Coin bears the image of His Majesty, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, with the Adinkra symbols “Bi Nka Bi” on the left side and “Mpatapo,” on the right which symbolizes peace, harmony and reconciliation.
The reverse of the Gold Coin bears the image of the Golden Stool of Asanteman also known as “Sikadwa Kofi.” the most prized possession of the Asante Kingdom and symbolizes the soul of the Asante people, which was commanded from the Heavens by the High Priest, Okomfo Anokye and landed on the lap of the first Asante King, Otumfuo Osei Tutu I.
The Gold Coin will be 99.9% (24 karats) fine gold with a diameter of 37.00 mm and weigh 31.104 grams.
Source: Opemsuo.com/ Emmanuel Owusu Anti