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DOGE PALACE SOS Venice Gold Coin 50$ Niue 2016


This beautiful Gold coin, colored with digital printing technology and Proof quality, features the Doge Palace. This palace is built in Venetian Gothic style, and is one of the main landmarks of the city of Venice in northern Italy. Mintage 40 pieces only!

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Doge's Palace
Doge's Palace, Italian Palazzo Ducale, "Palazzo Ducale and the Piazza San Marco, Venice” official residence in Venice of the doges, who were the elected leaders of the former Venetian republic. This impressive structure, built around a courtyard and richly decorated, was the meeting place of the governing councils and ministries of the republic. In its successive rebuildings, the palace incorporated characteristics of Gothic, Moorish, and Renaissance architecture.
The first palace was built in 814 and was burned by the populace in 976. It was reconstructed but was damaged by a second fire; it was begun in its present form in the early 14th century. In 1424 the completion of this Venetian Gothic-style palace was undertaken, and the two identical facades facing the Molo (a broad stone quay) and the Piazzetta San Marco were extended. The Porta della Carta, the main gateway, was designed by Giovanni and Bartolomeo Bon (Buon) and begun in 1438. Severe fires later necessitated rebuilding parts of the palace and destroyed the frescoes of Il Pisanello, among others, and paintings by the Bellini family and Titian. Partly in replacement of these, important paintings (still in situ) were commissioned from such artists as Tintoretto and Paolo Veronese.

  • CountryNiue
  • Year2016
  • Face Value50 Dollars
  • MetalGold
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)10
  • Diameter (mm)21
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)40
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

The reverse depicts a fragment of Canaletto’s painting "Return of the Bucintoro to the Molo on Ascension Day". In the bottom part of the coin – images of a winged lion and a kneeling doge derived from Porta della Carta (main entrance to the Doge’s Palace). Along the painting’s frame, vertically – inscription: PALAZZO DUCALE (name of the coin in Italian). Along the painting’s frame, horizontally – stylized inscription of the painter: Canaletto. 
The obverse of the coin depicts the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Below – inscriptions: Au 999 (hallmark), m/w (mint mark). Along the rim – inscriptions: ELIZABETH II, NIUE ISLAND (issuer), 50 DOLLARS (face value), 2016 (year of issue).