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RESURRECTION OF CHRIST Triptych Peter Paul Rubens 3 Silver Coin Set 1$ 2$ Tokelau 2012


Amazing triptych coins represents 'The Resurrection of Christ' housed in the Our Lady’s Cathedral in Antwerp, painted by the Flemish Baroque painter Rubens. Made of silver 999 and issued to commemorate 400 years from the final realization of the triptych. Issued with extremely low mintage of 500 pcs.

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Peter Paul Rubens
Pieter Paul Rubens (28 June 1577 –30 May 1640), was a Flemish Baroque Painter, and a proponent of an extravagant Baroque style that emphasized movement, colour, and sensuality. He is well-known for his Altarpieces, portraits, landscapes and history paintings of mythological and allegorical subjects.
In addition to running a large studio in Antwerp that produced paintings popular with nobility and art collectors throughout Europe, Rubens was a classically educated humanist scholar, art collector, and diplomat who was knighted by both Philip IV, King of Spain, and Charles I, King of England.

The Resurrection of Christ
In one of the side-chapels of the choir of the cathedral is a fourth Rubens painting, 'The Resurrection of Christ which the master painted in 1612 to decorate the tomb of Jan Moretus and his wife Martina Plantin. It is very similar in style to the 'Elevation of the Cross'.

  • CountryTokelau
  • Year2012
  • Face Value1 Dollar, 2 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)62.2 (2 oz)
  • Size (mm)17.5 x 35, 35 x 35
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)500
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
  • Set (pcs)3
This coin depicts "The Resurrection of Christ", a masterpiece of painter "Rubens". The work shows the clear influence of Italian Renaissance and Baroque artists such as Caravaggio, Tintoretto, and Michelangelo. The central panel shows Christ, to the alarm of the soldiers shrinking back in the darkness, strong and radiantly rising from his rocky tomb. The influence of Italian art is immediately recognizable in Ruben’s Michelangelesque, heroically strong, muscular bodies. His figures release tremendous power, pulling, lifting and straining to the edge of their ability raising the cross. Dramatic tension rises with the immediacy of the moment. High contrast lighting dramatically focuses on the central figure of Jesus. On the side panels, Rubens has portrayed John the Baptist and St Martina, the patron saints of Jan and Martina Moretus. John stands on the bank of the Jordan; the sword on the ground refers to his beheading. St Martina holds a palm branch in her hand as a sign of her martyrdom. Behind her, one can see the broken fragments of the temple of the sun god Apollo, which is supposed to have collapsed when Martina made the sign of the cross. The reverse of each coin depicts Queen Elizabeth II profile. The three coins are housed in an elegant wooden box with an illustrative book.