PIAZZA SAN MARCO St Mark Square SOS Venice 1 Oz Silver Coin 2$ Niue 2016

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This beautiful Pure Silver coin colored with digital printing technology and Proof quality is the fourth in the new series “SOS Venice” and features the famous painting by Francesco Guardi, the St­ Mark’s Square with a view over a medieval basilica, a bell tower, the arcades of the Procuratie Vecchie and the Procuratie Nuove. Limited mintage to only 777 pieces worldwide.

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Country Niue
Year 2016
Face Value 2 Dollars
Metal Silver
Fineness (purity) 999/1000
Weight (g) 31.1 (1 oz)
Diameter (mm) 32
Quality Proof
Mintage (pcs) 777
Certificate (COA) Yes
Presentation case (box) Yes
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St. Mark’s Square
St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy also has the name Piazza San Marco and is the main attraction for miles. Most photographers visit here at least once in their lifetime to take some of the world’s most beautiful pictures. Inside St. Mark’s Square, lies two very special symbols that let you know you are definitely in Venice. The first is St. Theodore’s statue and the other is St. Mark’s lion. Named for two very influential religious men of the ancient world. In fact, St. Theodore is the patron saint for Venice.      During daylight hours, pigeons and live music fill the area. Most of the tourists used to enjoy feeding them and this was one of the most exciting things to do in Venice. Unfortunately, current laws forbid this activity because of the damage their droppings do to the Mosaics on the buildings, including St. Mark’s Basilica. A bell tower, which has an incredible height of 323 feet is one of the best places to see in Europe because it is the most recognizable of all other landmarks.


The reverse of the coin depicts the famous painting by Francesco Guardi with a panoramic view over the St Mark’s Square. The right-hand side of the reverse depicts St Mark’s winged lion derived from one of two columns devoted to patrons of Venice – St Mark and St Theodore. This elegant high-relief frame perfectly complements the work art by Francesco Guardi. Along the painting’s frame, vertically, the inscription: “Piazza San Marco” and horizontally – stylized inscription of the painter: “Guardi”.  The obverse of the coin depicts the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. All around, the inscriptions: “ELIZABETH II”, “NIUE ISLAND” (the issue country), “2 DOLLARS” (the face value) and 2016 (year of issue).