The Istituto Poligrafico Zecca della Stato (IPZS) have released (22nd February) their latest coin which is part of the overall Europa Silver Star Programme. For 2018, the coin features the art which is part of the series “Ages of Europe — The Baroque Period” and the Europa Star Programme — an ongoing annual numismatic initiative begun in 2004.
The Baroque period is one of the world’s most recognised artistic and cultural movements which flourished in Rome around the third decade of the 17th century. Representative of Baroque as its highest expression was the aim to essentially surpass the perfect, smooth figures from the Classical period with more daring, rich, and elaborate forms. Exuberance, theatricality, and dramatic tension with strong light-and-shade contrasts are distinguishing features of an age inclined to be represented and celebrated magnificently with some of the world’s most revered works of art and artists.
Designed by Maria Carmela Colaneri, the common obverse design for the third Europa series is the work of artisans from the Monnaie de Paris and features a large, off-centre star in the background. In the case of Italy’s example, designer Maria Carmela Colaneri has styled an allegorical representation of Italy with details from the emblem of the Italian Republic. At the base of the star are the logo of the Europa Star Programme and the name of the designer, COLANERI. To the right of the base is the letter R, identifying the Mint in Rome. The primary design is surrounded by the text REPUBBLICA ITALIANA.
The reverse side includes a detail from the statue of Santa Veronica by Francesco Mochi blended with sculptural decorative elements by Bernini and Borromini, which are representative of classical Italian Baroque art. On the left side of the coin is the vertical inscription IL BAROCCO while above the primary design is the value 10 EURO and the year of issue 2018. Along the rim is the name of the designer of the coin, COLANERI.
|22 g||34 mm||Proof||
The coin is available from the IPZS, and interested collectors can visit their website. The present series has linked the euro-zone bank notes and their individual themes or representations of art throughout the ages. The 2016 series was dedicated to the age of modern 20th-century art (€500) with the 2017 series highlighting the age of glass and steel (€200). The 2018 series is representative of Baroque art (€100). It is expected that nine countries within the euro-zone will participate in the third issue of the “Ages of Europe” and include Belgium, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Malta, Portugal, Spain, and Italy.