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CREATION OF ADAM Michelangelo Sistine Chapel Giants of Art 12 Silver Coin Set 5$ Niue 2013


The coin set "Creation of Adam", second of Giants of Art series, is strictly limited to only 750 issues. It is a section of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling. All coins are of the highest mint quality "Polished Plate" (Proof). The weight is 960 g. and dimensions of the entire set are 165 x 366 mm. That means that this is the widest commemorative coin in the world!

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Creation of Adam
"God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him" (Genesis 1: 27).

The panel of The Creation of Adam in the Sistine Chapel must be one of the most known images in the world.
Completed by Michelangelo circa 1511, it depicts God the father creating Adam, the first man and was amongst the last panels to be completed, telling the story of Genesis. The focal point of the episode of the Creation of Adam painting is the contact between the fingers of God and those of Adam, through which the breath of life is transmitted. By not painting the fingers of God and Adam touching and leaving a small space between the two, Michelangelo creates a tingling tension, an anticipation of that wonderous moment, as we all wait for God to complete his Creation of Adam.

Michelangelo’s languid Adam was probably inspired by Ghiberti’s Adam on his Doors of Paradise of the baptistery in Florence. Whereas in his, The Creation of Eve, Michelangelo borrows heavily from Jacopo della Quercia’s version on the portal of San Petronio in Bologna. In the Eve panel Michelangelo did not use foreshortening, making the figures difficult to see clearly from the floor of the chapel. In the Creation of Adam, the great artist addresses this problem, with an obvious focus on the enlarged figures of God and Adam.

  • CountryNiue
  • Year2013
  • Face Value12 x 5 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)960
  • Size (mm)366 x 165
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)750
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
  • Set (pcs)12
Now the "Creation of Adam", a section of the great fresco of Leonardo da Vinci "Sistine Chapel" shines as a valuable set of twelve bullion coins of pure .999 silver. The reverse side of each coin shows completely a carefully chosen section of the work. The state-of-the-art, “Restored Colour Application” colour transfer technology makes it possible to authentically reproduce the original intensity – as it must have been over 500 years ago – of da Vinci’s colours. At the same time, the technology takes account of the current condition of the painting, producing a unique trueness to life that combines both past and present.