This extraordinary 3 Oz Silver coin is the second issue in the innovative “Great Micromosaic Passion” series, dedicated to mosaic art and to Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece – Mona Lisa. The coin features more than 10.000 minted tiles thanks to the Smartminting technology and comes in a mosaic tile shaped case
The Mona Lisa is a half-length portrait painting by the Italian Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci that has been described as “the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world”. The Mona Lisa is also one of the most valuable paintings in the world. It holds the Guinness World Record for the highest known insurance valuation in history at $100 million in 1962, which is worth nearly $800 million in 2017. The painting is thought to be a portrait of Lisa Gherardini, the wife of Francesco del Giocondo, and is in oil on a white Lombardy poplar panel. It had been believed to have been painted between 1503 and 1506; however, Leonardo may have continued working on it as late as 1517. Recent academic work suggests that it would not have been started before 1513. It was acquired by King Francis I of France and is now the property of the French Republic, on permanent display at the Louvre Museum in Paris since 1797. The subject's expression, which is frequently described as enigmatic, the monumentality of the composition, the subtle modelling of forms, and the atmospheric illusionism were novel qualities that have contributed to the continuing fascination and study of the work.
The reverse of the coin reproduces the beautifully coloured face of “la Gioconda” from the famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci, the Mona Lisa, struck with more than 10.000 tiles in exceptional high relief, to reproduce and empathize the extraordinary beauty of this piece of mosaic art in miniature. On the top-right of the reverse, the year of issue written in Roman numbers: “MMXVIII” - 2018. The obverse of the coin features the Coat of Arms of Palau, surrounded by a beautiful decorative mosaic pattern. All around the obverse, the inscriptions: “GREAT MICROMOSAIC PASSION” – the name of the series, “GMP” – the abbreviation of the series, “REPUBLIC OF PALAU” – the issuing country and “20$” – the face value. Each coin is individually numbered on the edge.
|Weight (g)||93.3 (3 oz)|
|Presentation case (box)||Luxury box|
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