The Istituto Poligrafico Zecca Della Stato or IPZS recently announced the issue of a new collector’s coin which is part of the “Italy of Arts” series and dedicated to the town Anagni.
Recognized by historians as the “town of Popes”, it was once an important papal residence and also the birthplace of several Popes. Specific highlights of Anagni include its beautifully preserved medieval town centre, abundant with refined arcades, elegant squares and impressive Romanesque churches. Among them is the Anagni Cathedral which stands out, boasting one of the most important examples of Italianesque architecture and culture in the thirteenth century. Dedicated to Saint Mary, the cathedral was built between 1071 and 1105 in the Romanesque style with castle-like elements to its architecture. Part of the Cathedral contains a crypt, housing the tomb of Saint Magnus of Anagni, the patron saint of Anagni.
The obverse design of the coin depicts the Cathedral as seen from the Via Porta Oscura along with the text “REPUBBLICA ITALIANA”. The reverse includes elements of the cathedral’s interior including one of the stained glass rosettes situated in the tower and facing south. The coin has a face value of 5 EURO and is struck in sterling silver to proof quality with a weight of 18 grams and a diameter of 32 mm. The total authorized mintage is limited to 7,000 pieces.
For more information on this and other coins offered by the IPZS, please visit their website at: http://www.zecca.ipzs.it/