First coin of the new series "Lunar...
This incredible 2 Oz Silver coin features the masterpiece by Benvenuto Cellini, considered to be the greatest goldsmith in the world – the Saliera (Salt Cellar). The coin has an incredible High Relief, has a beautiful Gold plating, has an Antique Finish quality and comes in a specially designed presentation case, along with the Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage to 500 pcs worldwide!
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Availability date: 09/21/2017
Cellini Salt Cellar (Saliera)
The Cellini Salt Cellar (in Vienna called the Saliera, Italian for salt cellar) is a part-enamelled gold table sculpture by Benvenuto Cellini. It was completed in 1543 for Francis I of France, from models that had been prepared many years earlier for Cardinal Ippolito d'Este. The Cellini Salt Cellar depicts a male figure representing the sea and a female figure that represents the earth. A small vessel meant to hold salt is placed next to the male figure. A temple-shaped box for pepper is placed next to the female figure. It came into the possession of the Habsburgs as a gift by Charles IX of France to Archduke Ferdinand II of Tyrol, who had acted as a proxy for Charles in his wedding to Elisabeth of Austria. It was originally part of the Habsburg art collection at Castle Ambras, but was transferred to the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna during the 19th century.
The reverse of the coin presents the famous Salt Cellar sculpture by Cellini that depicts a male figure representing the sea and a female figure that represents the earth. On top of the reverse, the inscription: “Benvenuto Cellini” – the name of the Italian artist. The obverse of the coin depicts the Coat of Arms of Cameroon and the inscriptions: “REPUBLIQUE DU CAMEROUN” – the issue country, “2000 FRANCS CFA” – the face value, “2017” the year of issue.