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ART NOUVEAU Alphonse Mucha Rose Yellow Gold Ruthenium 2 Oz Silver Coin 5$ Samoa 2016


First issue 2 Oz Silver coin of the new serie "Art Nouveau" in honor of the artist Alphonse Mucha. Art Nouveau is considered a "total" art style, embracing architecture, graphic art, interior design, and most of the decorative arts. Rose Gold, Yellow Gold and Ruthenium Plating are the special features of this coin, housed in a luxury box with certificate. Mintage only 2.000 pieces worldwide.

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Alfons Maria Mucha and the Art Nouveau
Alfons Maria Mucha (24 July 1860 – 14 July 1939), often known in English and French as Alphonse Mucha, was a Czech Art Nouveau painter and decorative artist, known best for his distinct style. He produced many paintings, illustrations, advertisements, postcards, and designs.
Alphonse Maria Mucha was born in the town of Ivancice, Moravia (currently a region of the Czech Republic). In 1871, Mucha became a chorister at the Saint-Peter’s Cathedral in Brno, where he received his secondary school education. It is there that he had his first revelation, in front of the richness of Baroque art. During the four years of studying there, he formed a friendship with Leos Janácek who would become the greatest Czech composer of his generation. Although his singing abilities allowed him to continue his education through high school in the Moravian capital of Brno, drawing had been his main hobby since childhood. He worked at decorative painting jobs in Moravia, mostly painting theatrical scenery. In 1879, he relocated to Vienna to work for a major Viennese theatrical design company, while informally augmenting his artistic education. When a fire destroyed his employer's business during 1881 he returned to Moravia, to do freelance decorative and portrait painting. Count Karl Khuen of Mikulov hired Mucha to decorate Hrušovany Emmahof Castle with murals, and was impressed enough that he agreed to sponsor Mucha's formal training at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts.
Art Nouveau or Jugendstil is an international philosophy and style of art, architecture and applied art – especially the decorative arts – that was most popular during 1890–1910. English uses the French name Art Nouveau ("new art"), but the style has many different names in other countries. A reaction to academic art of the 19th century, it was inspired by natural forms and structures, not only in flowers and plants, but also in curved lines. Architects tried to harmonize with the natural environment.

  • CountrySamoa
  • Year2016
  • Face Value5 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)62.2 (2 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)50
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)2.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
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The coin's obverse depicts the beautiful opera of the artist Alphonse Mucha, the Byzantine Head. The woman is seen in profile against an ornate background of vegetal arabesques. She wear highly ornate jewellery in her hair, which is evocative of Byzantine design as suggested in the title. In the panel, strands of hair fall beyond the circular frame, bridging the gap between the woman and the viewer and lending a sense of depth to the otherwise flattened compositions. The exquisite pattern surrounding the circular frame simulates lacework, another decorative element familiar in Moravian craftwork. On top the inscription "ART NOUVEAU ALPHONSE MUCHA". The face value is present in this side. The coin's reverse depicts the coat of arms of Samoa the issue date and the Silver weight and fineness.