There will be a colorful traditional ceremony to officially launch the ‘Otumfuo Commemorative Gold Coins’ during the last Akwasidae festival of the year on December 12, 2021, at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi, Ghana — the citadel of the Asante Kingdom.
The enviable honor, among other things, is especially in recognition of the enormous roles played by the Asantehene (Asante King) Otumfuo Osei Tutu II in helping to restore total peace in the Dagbon Kingdom, in the Northern Region of Ghana.
Also, it is to honor the 16th occupant of the revered Golden Stool of Asanteman, for the fatherly roles that he continues to play during electioneering periods to ensure peace in the state, especially during the transition of political power from one political party to another in Ghana.
Furthermore, the essence of this memorable launch is also to acknowledge the King for his tremendous roles in helping to expand the frontiers of traditional leadership beyond Ghana and the African continent, a development that has elevated the chieftaincy institution to a much higher pedestal and ushered it into modernity.
The Bank of Ghana’s Approval
The Bank of Ghana has already given approval to E ON 3 Group to mint the gold coins to honor His Royal Majesty’s successful reign since his ascension to the Golden Stool 22 years ago following his enstooled April 26, 1999.
Features of the Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene Commemorative Gold Coin:
The face of the gold coin will bear the image of His Majesty, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II with the Adinkra symbols “Bi Nka Bi” and “Mpatapo,” which symbolize peace, harmony, and reconciliation.
The reverse of the gold coin will bear an image of the Golden Stool of Asanteman also known as “Sika Dwa.” Legend has it that the ‘Sika Dwa’, which symbolizes the soul of the Asante people was commandeered from the Heavens and landed on the lap of the first Asante King, Otumfuo Osei Tutu I.
These gold coins, we hope, will be valuable collector’s items as they are of 99.9% assay at 24 carats fine gold, with a diameter of 37.00 mm and a weight of 31.104 grams.
Several distinguished and high-profile personalities as well as other delegates from both local and international agencies have been invited to grace the occasion and help make it a resounding success.
Osei Tutu II born Nana Barima Kwaku Duah; 6 May 1950) is in direct succession to the 17th-century founder of the Ashanti Empire, Otumfuo Osei Tutu I. He is also the Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana and the Grand Patron of the Grand Lodge of Ghana, and the Sword Bearer of the United Grand Lodge of England.
Source: Filed report