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WATER LILIES Claude Monet Masterpieces of Art 3 Oz Silver Coin 20$ Cook Islands 2015


A numismatic masterpiece made of 3 oz of pure silver 999 with 24 authentic Swarovski crystals inlaid in this 55 mm coin. This new issue is dedicated to a famous masterpiece called Water Lilies of the famous french impressionist painter Clude Monet. The paintings depict Monet's flower garden at Giverny and were the main focus of Monet's artistic production during the last thirty years of his life.

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Claude Monet
Oscar-Claude Monet (14 November 1840 – 5 December 1926) was a founder of French Impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement's philosophy of expressing one's perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein-air landscape painting. The term "Impressionism" is derived from the title of his painting Impression, soleil levant (Impression, Sunrise), which was exhibited in 1874 in the first of the independent exhibitions mounted by Monet and his associates as an alternative to the Salon de Paris.

Monet's ambition of documenting the French countryside led him to adopt a method of painting the same scene many times in order to capture the changing of light and the passing of the seasons. From 1883 Monet lived in Giverny, where he purchased a house and property, and began a vast landscaping project which included lily ponds that would become the subjects of his best-known works. In 1899 he began painting the water lilies, first in vertical views with a Japanese bridge as a central feature, and later in the series of large-scale paintings that was to occupy him continuously for the next 20 years of his life.

  • CountryCook Islands
  • Year2015
  • Face Value20 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)93.3 (3 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)55
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)1.908
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

The coin reverse depicts a famous masterpiece of Claude Monet titled "Water Lilies". On the top of the coin the inscription "Masterpieces of Art" and on the bottom of the coin the name of the artist and the issue year. Twentyfour Swarovsky crystals embellish the coin all around framing the painting depicted on the coin. The obverse of the coin depicts the effigy of Her Queen Elizabeth II, the inscription "Cook Islands" and the face value.