MALACHITE Room Masterpieces In Stone Hermitage 3 Oz Silver Coin 10$ Fiji 2013

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First coin of the new series 'Masterpieces in Stone', struck of 3 oz .999 fine silver with antique finish and a genuine malachite insert, it is dedicated to the 250th Anniversary of the Hermitage Museum, one of the oldest museums in the world located in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Mintage extremely limited to 999 pieces!

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Specifications
Country Fiji
Year 2013
Face Value 10 Dollars
Metal Silver
Fineness (purity) 999/1000
Weight (g) 93.3 (3 oz)
Diameter (mm) 55
Quality Antique Finish
Mintage (pcs) 999
Certificate (COA) Yes
Presentation case (box) Yes
 
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Hermitage
The State Hermitage is a museum of art and culture in Saint Petersburg, Russia. One of the largest and oldest museums in the world, it was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great and has been open to the public since 1852. Its collections, of which only a small part is on permanent display, comprise over three million items,including the largest collection of paintings in the world. The collections occupy a large complex of six historic buildings along Palace Embankment, including the Winter Palace, a former residence of Russian emperors. Apart from them, the Menshikov Palace, Museum of Porcelain, Storage Facility at Staraya Derevnya and the eastern wing of the General Staff Building are also part of the museum. The museum has several exhibition centers abroad. The Hermitage is a federal state property. Since 1990, the director of the museum has been Mikhail Piotrovsky.

 
Design

The coin obverse features giant atlantes holding up the portico of one of the buildings in the Winter Palace complex. A large insert on the obverse is made of genuine green malachite. The face value of the coin, its issuing country and year as well as the Coat of arms of Fiji are also struck on the obverse. The eye-catching high relief reverse finely depicts the Malachite Room located in the Winter Palace, a part of the Hermitage. Designed by the architect Alexander Briullov in the late 1830s, it’s a true gem of interior decoration. The unique embellishment of the room includes columns, pilasters, fire-place trimmings and decorative vases made of malachite in the Russian mosaic technique. The reverse also contains the same malachite insert as that on the obverse as a tribute to the beautiful gemstone used to decorate the room.

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