The Government & Treasury of Niue Island have unveiled a spectacular new series of ingot coins which features some of the world’s most treasured and admired masterpieces within a format never before produced with such precision. The new “Precious Art Coin Collection” is a collaboration between The East India Company, exclusive distributors of the series, and prominent Art Galleries to capture the world’s masterpieces in precious metal coins.
The first collaboration is with The National Gallery, London which will run for three years. The first coin featuring Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers © 1888 was released on the 23rd April. This extraordinary masterpiece was chosen as the first in this series in recognition of the 125th Anniversary of this painting, and the National Gallery exhibition, reuniting the National Gallery’s Sunflowers ©1888 with The Van Gogh Museum’s, (Amsterdam) Sunflowers ©1889 for the first time in 65 years.
The coin ingots were minted by renowned Swiss bullion brand Produits Artistiques Métaux Précieux (PAMP). The high-accuracy rendering of Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” on fine silver was achieved via PAMP’s proprietary, exclusive edgeless colorization process. Utilizing state-of-the-art technology for precision application, PAMP is able to match the subtle tones of famous artworks through a customized system overseen by experienced minting experts. The reverse side includes the classic Raphael Maklouf portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II first seen on British & commonwealth coinage from 1985.
|5 Dollars||.999 silver||40 grams||36 x 48 mm.||Color & proof||1000 pieces|
The Sunflowers coin is presented in a custom Perspex frame enabling easy viewing on both obverse and reverse. The Perspex frame is housed in a presentation box. The coin-ingot is available on the East India Company website. EIC sold almost 50% of the issue limit to international distributors but reserved 250 pieces exclusively for EIC collectors.
The Sunflowers coin will be followed in June 2014 with the release of the second inspired by Hans Holbein the Younger’s The Ambassadors ©1533, well known for its significant symbolism of the time, as well as the anamorphic distortion of a skull. The final coin in this year’s collection will launch in September to coincide with the National Gallery’s exhibition Rembrandt: The Finest Years on show from the 15th October 2014 to the 18th January 2015.
For more information on these coins and other items on offer from the East India Company, please visit their website at: www.eicgold.com/preciousart International orders dispatched.