The IPZS (Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato) or the Italian State Mint have issued two new gold coins which feature “Flora and Fauna in Art Masterpieces.” The successful series was launched four years ago. This year the representation of animals and flowers is taken from famous works of art which focuss on Neoclassicism as regards the 20 euro coin and on Rococo and Macchiaioli as far as the 50 euro coin is concerned. The design of the 20 EURO coin includes works from the famed coin and medal sculptor Benedetto Pistrucci (1784 – 1855) who became the chief engraver of the Royal Mint in the United Kingdom and in observance of the Italian born medalists 160th year of his death.
20 EURO Obverse: Designed by artist Valerio De Seta includes a bust of Flora in front view, with light draping and right reclined head, crowned with roses. The wax model for cameo is the work of Benedetto Pistrucci (1784-1855) and preserved in the Museo della Zecca of Rome. Around the inscription is the text “REPUBBLICA ITALIANA”. The reverse depicts Diana bathing between two nymphs in a scene with rocks and tree. The detail is from the wax model “Diana and Atteone” by the coin & medal sculptor Benedetto Pistrucci, and preserved in the Museo della Zecca of Rome. In the left field the year of the coin’s issue “2015” and the value “20 EURO”. On the bottom is the name of the designer “V. DE SETA” and “R”, identifying the Mint of Rome.
50 EURO Obverse: Designed by artist Annalisa Masini, the coin depicts two of the dogs that savaged Atteone who turned into a deer and is from detail of the Fountain of Diana and Atteone in the Park of the Reggia di Caserta – the work of Paolo Persico, Pietro Solari and Angelo Brunelli, and is an extraordinary example of Naples’ Rococo style. Below is the name of the designer “A. MASINI”. Around the primary design is the inscription “REPUBBLICA ITALIANA” and a decorated frame consisting of dots. The reverse includes a pair of oxen in a rural scene in front of a peasant seated on the floor. The detail is from the painting “Il riposo” by Giovanni Fattori which is displayed at the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan. Above the design is the year “2015” and below is the value “50 EURO” following with “R” identifying the Mint of Rome. Arched above and along the edge is the inscription “FAUNA NELL’ ARTE” along with a decorated frame of dots.
|20 EURO||.900 gold||6.45 grams||21 mm.||Proof||1200 pieces|
|50 EURO||.900 gold||16.12 grams||28 mm.||Proof||900 pieces|
These gold coins are offered with a very low mintage and are available from the 27th April. For more information on this and other coins issued by the IPZS, please visit their website at: http://www.zecca.ipzs.it/servlet/tipologiaDiretta?indiceTipo=0 Information offered in English and Italian, international orders dispatched.