The Italian State Mint (Instituto Poligrafico e Zecca Dello Stato) will issue a new collector coin in September to mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Giorgione (Giorgio Barbarelli da Castelfranco 1477–1510) noted artist during the high renaissance era with just an estimated six known paintings accredited to him as his actual work.
The coin includes an obverse portrait of Georgione from an engraving by W. Hollar along with detail from “Hand holding orange” and the text “REPUBBLICA ITALIANA”. The reverse carries a rendition from the painting “La Tempesta” (The Tempest) which was painted in 1509, one of his last works.
The coin has a nominal value of 10€ and is struck in .925 silver to proof quality. The diameter of coin is 34 mm and the weight is 22 grams. The coin will be limited to just 7,500 pieces.
For more information on this and other coins offered by the Italian State mint, visit their website at: http://www.ipzs.it/news/coins10/home.html which will take you directly to their calendar of issues for the remainder of 2010.