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CHOPIN Frederic Great Composers Silver Coin 1$ Tuvalu 2010


Destined to delight all lovers of romantic era music and aficionados of the piano, the second of five Great Composers coins to be released by The Perth Mint celebrates the life and works of Frédéric Chopin. The coin is struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality. Issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Tuvalu.

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Chopin was born in the village of Zelazowa Wola, in the Duchy of Warsaw, to a French-expatriate father and Polish mother, and in his early life was regarded as a child-prodigy pianist. In November 1830, at the age of twenty, he went abroad; following the suppression of the Polish November Uprising of 1830–1831, he became one of many expatriates of the Polish "Great Emigration."

In Paris, Chopin made a comfortable living as a composer and piano teacher, while giving few public performances. Though an ardent Polish patriot, in France he used the French versions of his names and eventually, to avoid having to rely on Imperial Russian documents, became a French citizen. After some ill-fated romantic involvements with Polish women, from 1837 to 1847 he had a turbulent relationship with the French writer George Sand (Aurore Dudevant). Always in frail health, he died in Paris in 1849, at the age of thirty-nine, of chronic pulmonary tuberculosis.

Chopin's extant compositions were written primarily for the piano as a solo instrument. Though they are technically demanding, his style emphasises nuance and expressive depth. Chopin invented musical forms such as the ballade and was responsible for major innovations in forms such as the piano sonata, mazurka, waltz, nocturne, étude, impromptu and prélude. His works are masterpieces and mainstays of Romanticism in 19th-century classical music.

All coins in this series:

  • Felix Mendelssohn
  • Frédéric Chopin
  • Robert Schumann
  • Gustav Mahler
  • Franz Liszt
  • CountryTuvalu
  • Year2010
  • Face Value1 Dollar
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)40.6
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)5.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
The coin's reverse depicts a representation of Frédéric Chopin, a treble clef and music notes. As well as The Perth Mint's 'P' mintmark, the design includes the inscription "Frédéric Chopin 1810 – 1849". The coin's obverse depicts the Raphael Maklouf effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the 2010 year-date.