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PASSION OF CHRIST Duccio Di Buoninsegna Maesta Siena 14 Silver Coin Set 1$ Niue 2012


The coin set "Passion of Christ" is simply beautiful, 15 ounces of pure silver (466.55 g). The coin consists of 14 edgeless minted and impressively colored silver coin, which all put together form one coin unit. The largest commemorative coins of the world!

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Maestà of Duccio di Buoninsegna
The Maestà, or Maestà of Duccio is an altarpiece composed of many individual paintings commissioned by the city of Siena in 1308 from the artist Duccio di Buoninsegna. The front panels make up a large enthroned Madonna and Child with saints and angels, and a predella of the Childhood of Christ with prophets. The reverse has the rest of a combined cycle of the Life of the Virgin and Life of Christ in a total of forty-three small scenes; several panels are now dispersed or lost. Though it took a generation for its effect truly to be felt, Duccio's Maestà set Italian painting on a course leading away from the hieratic representations of Byzantine art towards more direct presentations of reality.

The painting was installed in the cathedral of Siena on June 9, 1311. One person who witnessed this event wrote:

"And on that day when it was brought into the cathedral, all workshops remained closed, and the bishop commanded a great host of devoted priests and monks to file past in solemn procession. This was accompanied by all the high officers of the Commune and by all the people; all honorable citizens of Siena surrounded said panel with candles held in their hands, and women and children followed humbly behind. They accompanied the panel amidst the glorious pealing of bells after a solemn procession on the Piazza del Campo into the very cathedral; and all this out of reverence for the costly panel… The poor received many alms, and we prayed to the Holy Mother of God, our patron saint, that she might in her infinite mercy preserve this our city of Siena from every misfortune, traitor or enemy.".

  • CountryNiue
  • Year2012
  • Face Value1 Dollar
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)466.55 (15 oz)
  • Size (mm)210 x 96
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)250
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
  • Set (pcs)14

The edgeless color printed silver coins represents: The entry into Jerusalem, The washing of feet / The Last Supper, The betrayal by Judas / Christ taking leave of his apostles, The seizing of Christ / The prayer on the Mount of Olives, Jesus accused by the Pharisees / Jesus before Pontius Pilate, Jesus mocked / Jesus before Caiaphas, Jesus before Annas / Saint Peter denying Jesus, Christ 2nd time before Pilate / Christ before King Herod, The Flagellation / The Crown of Thorns, The road to Calvary / Pontius Pilate washing his hands, The Crucifixion, The Deposition / The Entombment, The 3 Marysat the tomb / Christ in Limbo, The road to Emmaus / Jesus and Mary Magdalene.