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VINCENT VAN GOGH Sunflowers 1888 National Gallery London Silver Coin 5$ Niue 2014


A numismatic masterpiece made of 40g pure 999 silver coin which honor the great holland painter Van Gogh. Issued by Niue Islands, the coin represents fourteen sunflowers made in 1888, probably his most famous painting. Official licensed product by The National Gallery in London with mintage extremely limited to 500 pieces worldwide (300 for the National Gallery & 200 for international sales).

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The reverse features Van Gogh’s masterwork. Vase with Twelve Sunflowers, from the famous “Sunflowers” series of paintings, is shown in full color. This particular painting is held in the collection of the Neue Pinakothek in Munich, Germany. One of the Sunflowers made international headlines in 1987 when Japanese insurance giant Yasuda Fire and Marine Insurance of Tokyo purchased it for a then-record $40 million!

Vincent Van Gogh, A Disturbed Genius
Van Gogh was born in Zundert, the Netherlands in 1853. The tumult of his life is the stuff of legend, having entering the popular consciousness through books, plays, movies and song. Van Gogh’s relationship with his brother Theo, the effect that he and Paul Gauguin had on each other’s work, and his descent into madness (including cutting off part of his ear), culminating in his suicide, have all been documented and analyzed for over a century. The 1956 Hollywood motion picture Lust for Life, starring Kirk Douglas as Van Gogh and Anthony Quinn as Gauguin, and directed by Vincente Minnelli, won three Academy Awards. Don McLean’s song “Vincent”, which opens with the phrase, “Starry, starry night...” from 1971 was an international pop hit.
Despite his short and tragic life, Van Gogh was a prolific artist. It is an absurd irony that Van Gogh created over 2,000 works of art (including about 900 paintings and about 1,100 drawings and sketches), none of which can be had for less than six figures, and yet during his lifetime he managed to sell only one. Many art historians now consider Van Gogh to be the first creator of Outsider Art, nearly a century before the term was coined.
Perhaps the most famous painter in the world, Vincent Van Gogh’s style is at once unique and instantly recognizable. Often classified as a Post-Impressionist, but not neatly fitting into any labeled category, his vibrant colors and bold brush strokes transcended Impressionism, setting the stage for new ways of picturing the world, including Expressionism, Fauvism and Modernism.

  • CountryNiue
  • Year2014
  • Face Value5 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)40
  • Size (mm)36 x 48
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)500
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
This is one of four paintings of sunflowers dating from August and September 1888. Van Gogh intended to decorate Gauguin’s room with these paintings in the so-called Yellow House that he rented in Arles in the South of France. He and Gauguin worked there together between October and December 1888.Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo in August 1888, ‘I am hard at it, painting with the enthusiasm of a Marseillais eating bouillabaisse, which won’t surprise you when you know that what I’m at is the painting of some sunflowers. If I carry out this idea there will be a dozen panels. So the whole thing will be a symphony in blue and yellow. I am working at it every morning from sunrise on, for the flowers fade so quickly. I am now on the fourth picture of sunflowers. This fourth one is a bunch of 14 flowers ... it gives a singular effect.’ The rectangular shape of the coin calls to mind an artist's tableau or canvas, and reproduces a 'Sunflowers' masterpiece by Vincent Van Gogh in full color. The coin obverse depicts the image of Her Majesty Elizabeth II, at the sides, semi-circular inscription: NIUE ISLAND (issuer). At the bottom the face value: 5 DOLLARS.