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MONET Claude Japanese Bridge Silver Coin 1$ Niue 2010


Claude Monet is the eighth coin in the series and commemorates the work of the greatest Impressionist painter. The "Painters of the World" is an international, unique series of silver collector coins, launched in 2006. The collection of the magnificent works of art is dedicated to the best known painters in the world.

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Claude Monet
Claude Monet was a French painter who lived between 1840-1926. He was born in Paris, and spent his childhood at Le Havre, where he sold numerous caricatures of the city's inhabitants. His future was greatly influenced by the meeting in 1856 with a Norman painter Eugene Boudin, who introduced Monet to the world of paints. During During the prime of his painting abilities the public often mistook his name for a similar sounding name of Manet, the author of the scandalous Olympia, much admired by Monet.
The initial works by Monet did not enjoy great popularity. However, it is from the name of one of his paintings. Impression, Sunrise, that the entire movement took its name. The first to coin the term Impressionism was the critic Louis Leroy who, in his satiric review, attacked and ridiculed Monet's work displayed at the first Impressionist exhibition in 1874. It was years later that the revolutionary painting technique developed by Monet and a group of other Impressionists triumphed over the ossified academism. This is when his financial problems came to an end and he could peacefully spend the rest of his life painting in his own garden.
The biggest works of art by Monet include: "Boulevard Des Capucines", "Saint-Lazare Train Station", "Impression, Sunrise", "Woman with an Umbrella and Small Child", "Women in the Garden", "Red Poppies at Argenteuil", "Bridge at Argenteuil", "Fishing Boats Leaving the Harbour, Le Havre".

Niue is a small island nation in the South Pacific. Although it is completely self-governing and independent, it remains in free association with New Zealand, a member of the British Commonwealth of Nations, hence the portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on its coinage. The country is located about 1,450 miles northeast of New Zealand. It is closest to Samoa, Tonga, and the Cook Islands. It is one of the largest coral islands in the world, with a total area of 260 square kilometers. Niueans are predominantly Polynesian; most are bilingual, speaking both Niuean and English.

  • CountryNiue
  • Year2010
  • Face Value1 Dollar
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)925/1000
  • Weight (g)28.28
  • Size (mm)28 x 40
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)15.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)No
The rectangular shape calls to mind an artist's tableau or canvas, and reproduces one masterpieces by Claude Monet.
The obverse of the coin depicts a fragment of the work entitled "Woman with an Umbrella", which was completed by the artist in 1886, produced using the pad printing technique. In the left a portrait of Claude Monet. Next to it, to the right an inscription: "1840-1925" (the artist's birth and death dates).
The reverse shows the likeness of Monet himself and a fragment of one of his other paintings, "The Japanese Bridge", completed in 1899.