The Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato (Italian State Mint) have announced the issue of their latest coin which is part of the EUROPA series for 2012 which pays tribute to European Artists throughout the ages. The coin’s subject is Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (1475 – 1564), or known simply as Michelangelo. The world renowned sculptor, painter, architect, poet, and engineer during the Italian Renaissance period exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art. Michelangelo is most noted for having created two of the most influential works in fresco in history, the scenes from Genesis on the ceiling and “The Last Judgment” on the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. The “Statue of David” completed by Michelangelo in 1504, is one of the most renowned works of the Renaissance.
The coin with a denomination of 10 EURO is designed by the artist U. Pernazza and depicts the artist in his later years and in profile. The text “REPUBBLICA ITALIANA” is placed around the edge and around the primary portrait. A facsimile signature is positioned just along the trunk of the bust diagonally. The reverse includes a detailed and true-to-life depiction of the heads & shoulders of “David” On the right of David, an element of a classically drawn doorway from the architectural studies for Porta Pia, a gate in the Aurelian Walls of Rome, Italy. The EUROPA silver star, insignia of the program is located just to the left of David’s image along with the year “2012”.
The coin is struck in sterling silver and to proof quality with a weight of 22 grams and a diameter of 34 mm. A total mintage of 7,000 pieces has been authorized. For more information on this and other coins offered by the IPZS, please visit their website at: http://www.zecca.ipzs.it/