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CARNIVAL AROUND THE WORLD Venice Italy Coin 1$ Fiji 2012


Carnival is celebrated in countries throughout the world and its origins come from the hedonistic feasts of ancient Rome and Greece but their modern day celebration was invented in the Spanish and Portuguese colonies. The Fiji has released a beautifull coin series 'Carnival Around the World' and this coin is dedicated to the most famous carnival of Venice, Italy.

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The word 'carnival' is derived from the Italian 'carnevale' which means literally ‘the removal of meat’. With roots going back to the pagan past, carnival, in much of Catholic Europe, became a time of festivity when the devout and not so devout Christians shed their inhibitions and indulged in a last orgy of feasting, dancing and other sensual activities before Ash Wednesday and the long period of fasting which followed. These activities were characterised by masked balls where those of the aristocratic and wealthy commercial classes could, for a time, play out their fantasies and indulge their yearnings for liberation from some of the strictures of everyday living.
This tradition of Pre-Lenten festivity took root In some of the colonies settled by French, Spanish and Portuguese peoples in the Americas. Here In the so-called "New World", it was re-inforced and transformed as It came into contact with other traditions.
Today there are numerous annual festivals celebrated throughout the Caribbean and In North and South America which are not all derived, however, from Pie-Lenten festivities, but nonetheless share certain common features: notably street dancing and parades, strongly percussive and rhythmic music, and the wearing of masks and costumes. The motifs are derived from the cultures of five continents: Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas; but the driving’ force, the rhythm is predominantly African.

The Carnival in Venice, Italy is often referred to as the most elaborate Carnival and lasts ten days before Lent. Many events are held in the canals including shows, concerts, dances, and water processions with masked rowers and decorated boats. Their official ending to the celebration is the ball held in St. Mark's Square.

  • CountryFiji
  • Year2012
  • Face Value1 Dollar
  • MetalCupronickel, Silver
  • Weight (g)20
  • Diameter (mm)38.61
  • QualityProoflike
  • Mintage (pcs)2.500
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)No
The coin’s reverse depicts a colorized representation of a typical Venice mask while in the background the famous Rialto Bridge. The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2012 year-date, and the monetary denomination are shown on the coin’s obverse.