A beautiful and elegant coin...
This outstanding 3 Oz Silver coin has an unique pyramid-shaped form alluding to the world’s most visited museum – The Louvre. This is the first 3D coin in the world embellished with multicolored digital printing, has a Proof quality and is offered in an elegant presentation case, along with the Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage to only 555 pieces worldwide!
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Availability date: 05/25/2017
The Louvre or the Louvre Museum is the world's second largest museum and a historic monument in Paris, France. A central landmark of the city, it is located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the city's 1st arrondissement. Nearly 35.000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century are exhibited over an area of 72.735 square metres. The Louvre is the world's second most visited museum after the Palace Museum in China, receiving more than 9.26 million visitors in 2014. The museum is housed in the Louvre Palace, originally built as a fortress in the late 12th century under Philip II. Remnants of the fortress are visible in the basement of the museum. Due to the urban expansion of the city, the fortress eventually lost its defensive function and, in 1546, was converted by Francis I into the main residence of the French Kings. The building was extended many times to form the present Louvre Palace. In 1682, Louis XIV chose the Palace of Versailles for his household, leaving the Louvre primarily as a place to display the royal collection, including, from 1692, a collection of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture. In 1692, the building was occupied by the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres and the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture, which in 1699 held the first of a series of salons. The Académie remained at the Louvre for 100 years. During the French Revolution, the National Assembly decreed that the Louvre should be used as a museum to display the nation's masterpieces.
The reverse of the coin has a pyramid shape and features four faces, two of which depict two of the world’s greatest paintings, the mysterious “Mona Lisa” by Leonardo da Vinci and the portrait of “François I of France” by Jean Clouet. The obverse of the coin has a squared shape and depicts the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. On top of the rim, the inscriptions: ”NIUE ISLAND” – the issue country and “2016” – the year of issue. On the bottom of the rim, the inscriptions: “15 DOLLARS” – the face value and “Ag 999” – the fineness of the Silver. On the left of the effigy, the inscription: “ELIZABETH II” – the name of the Queen.