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PONTE DI RIALTO SOS Venice Canaletto Gold Coin 50$ Niue 2016


This beautiful Gold coin colored with digital printing technology and Proof quality is the second in the new series “SOS Venice” and features Canaletto’s famous painting “The Grand Canal Near the Ponte di Rialto”. It is the oldest bridge across the canal, and was the dividing line for the districts of San Marco and San Polo. Limited mintage to only 40 pieces worldwide!

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Ponte di Rialto
The Rialto Bridge has a long history and it has seen various stages of development of Venice. Here are 10 interesting facts about this magnificent and popular bridge.
It is the oldest bridge across the Grand Canal. The Grand Canal in Venice is 3800m long and makes a large reverse S shape through the central districts in Venice. Until Accademia Bridge was constructed in 1854, Rialto Bridge was the only place through which one could cross the canal on foot. Rialto Bridge is built on the narrowest point across the canal and connects the districts of San Polo and San Marco. As of today it is one among the four bridges across the Grand Canal.
Rialto Bridge was built to provide access to the Rialto. For centuries the Rialto has been the primary financial and commercial center of Venice. It was in 1097 that the Rialto became an important district as Venice’s market moved there. To provide access to it a floating bridge was built which was called Ponte della Moneta. Due to increased traffic, it was replaced by a wooden bridge in 1264. Connection with the Rialto soon changed its name to Rialto Bridge or Ponte di Rialto. The present Rialto Bridge is similar in design to its wooden predecessor. Da Ponte’s design of the marble structure has two sloped ramps leading to a central portico to allow the passage of tall ships. The design of the wooden bridge had two inclined ramps which met at a central section which was movable and could be raised to allow ships to pass through.

  • 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 “The Grand Canal Near the Ponte di Rialto". In the bottom of the coin, a beautiful gondola - a traditional flat-bottomed Venetian rowing boat, well suited to the conditions of the Venetian lagoon. Along the painting’s frame, vertically, the inscription: “PONTE RIALTO” (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. All around, the inscriptions: “ELIZABETH II”, “NIUE ISLAND” (issue country), “50 DOLLARS” (the face value) and 2016 (year of issue).