The Istituto Poligrafico Zecca Della Stato (IPZS) has issued the last two gold coins in a five-year series highlighting the flora and fauna of Italy. This year the representation of animals and flowers is taken from famous works of contemporary art.
20 EURO: Contemporary art is well represented by the floral frescoes decorating the Villa Igiea in Palermo. These frescoes were superbly painted by Ettore De Maria Bergler (1850 – 1938), an Italian artist considered to be the most important practitioner of early 20th century Libertarian painting.
The obverse, designed by Annalisa Masini, includes an image of a female bust with a flower crown as portrayed in Floralia, a fresco by Ettore De Maria Bergler in the Villa Igiea, Sala Basile. Below the primary design is the name of the designer, A. MASINI; around the rim is REPUBBLICA ITALIANA encircled in a dot-decorated frame.
The reverse includes a female figure dancing on a flower field with a floral garland; this is a detail from Floralia, a fresco by Ettore De Maria Bergler seen at the Villa Igiea, Sala Basile. On the left is 20 EURO; on the right is the year of issue, 2016, with the mint mark “R” below identifying the Mint of Rome. The text around the primary design reads FLORA NELL’ARTE.
50 EURO: The allegorical frieze decorating the Chamber of Deputies at Montecitorio Palace is notable for its elegant design and monumental depictions. The frieze was created between 1908 and 1912 by the Italian painter, sculptor, and film director Giulio Aristide Sartorio (1860 – 1932), who was able to achieve the highest expression of Liberty-inspired decorative style.
The obverse of the coin is designed by Valerio De Seta and portrays “modern Italy Triumphant” in the figure of a young man, as found on a frieze by Giulio Aristide Sartorio in the Chamber of Deputies at Montecitorio. In the field is the text REPUBBLICA ITALIANA. Below the text is the mint mark, “R,” identifying the Mint of Rome. Vertically on the left is the name of the designer, V. DE SETA, surrounded by a dot-decorated frame.
The reverse carries an image of a knight on horseback waving the Italian flag, detailed from the frieze by Giulio Aristide Sartorio in the Chamber of Deputies at Montecitorio. To the right of the primary design is the year of issue, 2016; below that is 50 EURO, with FAUNA NELL’ARTE positioned above the design surrounded in a dot-decorated frame.
|20 €URO||.900 Gold||6.45 Grams||21 mm.||Proof||1200 pieces|
|50 €URO||.900 Gold||16.12 Grams||28 mm.||Proof||900 pieces|
These gold coins conclude the five-year series and are offered with a very low mintage; they are now available. For more information on these and other coins offered by the IPZS, please visit their Web site. International orders will be dispatched where applicable.