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MONA LISA Leonardo da Vinci Masterpieces of Art 3 Oz Silver Coin 20$ Cook Islands 2016


A numismatic masterpiece made of 3 Oz Pure Silver 999 with 24 authentic Swarovski crystals inlaid in this 55 mm coin. This new issue is dedicated to best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world - Mona Lisa, a half-length portrait of a woman by the Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci. Limited mintage to only 1.506 pcs worldwide.

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Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) is the archetype of the Renaissance Man. During his life he did it all: architect, painter, sculptor, musician, draftsman, engineer, geometer, inventor, anatomist, physiologist, botanist and scientist. In short, he was a true genius. Leonardo is justly famous for his realistic paintings, such as the Mona Lisa, the Madonna of the Rocks, and the Last Supper, as well as for influential drawings such as the Vitruvian Man.
The Mona Lisa is the famous 16th-century portrait by Leonardo da Vinci. Her mysterious smile has beguiled generations of viewers, but the true identity of this beauty remains unknown, despite intensive research by art historians. Many believe the Mona Lisa to be a portrait of Lisa Gherardini Giocondo, the wife of a wealthy Florentine merchant, Francesco del Giocondo, hence its name in Italian, “La Gioconda”. Others have suggested the subject was a mistress of da Vinci, or even a self-portrait, with da Vinci imagining himself as a woman. Leonardo's painting is famous among artist scholars for its innovative techniques, including sfumato (shown in the painting's distinctive hazy, soft-focus effect) and chiaroscuro (the complex interplay of light and shadow). Some believe that its French name “La Joconde” is a play on "the merry woman," a reference to her smile.

  • CountryCook Islands
  • Year2016
  • Face Value20 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)93.3 (3 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)55
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)1.506
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

The reverse of the coin depicts the most famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci – Mona Lisa. In the center of the coin is the image of Mona Lisa surrounded by 24 pieces of Real Swarovski Crystals, white color. On the top of the coin, the symbol of this gorgeous series, in the left side, the inscription: ”Masterpieces of Art” – the name of the series, in the right side, the inscription: “Leonardo da Vinci” – the name of the painter. On the bottom of the reverse, the issue year: “2016”. The obverse of the coin depicts the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. All around the inscriptions: "ELIZABETH II", "COOK ISLANDS" (issue country), "20 DOLLARS" (face value).