DONI TONDO MICHELANGELO Perfection in Art 2 Oz Silver Coin 10$ Niue 2016

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This is the second issue of the new series “Perfection in Art” and depicts the panel painting Doni Tondo, sometimes called The Holy Family by Italian painter Michelangelo. A spectacular 2 Oz High Relief coin with Proof quality, gilded frame and impressive shining colors. Extremely limited mintage to only 999 pieces worldwide.

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Specifications
Country Niue
Year 2016
Face Value 10 Dollars
Metal Silver
Fineness (purity) 999/1000
Weight (g) 62.2 (2 oz)
Diameter (mm) 50
Quality Proof
Mintage (pcs) 999
Certificate (COA) Yes
Presentation case (box) Yes
 
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Doni Tondo
The Doni Tondo is a circular panel painting of The Holy Family painted by the great renaissance polymath Michelangelo Buonarroti. The picture is surrounded by a wood-gilt frame designed, but not carved, by the artist. It was commissioned by the Florentine businessman Agnolo Doni to commemorate his marriage to Maddalena Strozzi from the powerful Florentine family who rivaled the Medici in the early years of the fifteenth century. Why Agnolo commissioned a renowned sculptor to paint this picture, and why Michelangelo agreed to execute the work, remains a mystery. However Michelangelo, despite his limited experience of tempera painting, has created a masterpiece of composition, beauty and invention.

 
Design

The reverse of the coin portrays the Virgin Mary, the most prominent figure in the composition, taking up much of the center of the image. Saint Joseph has a higher position in the image compared to Mary, perhaps as the head of the family, along with the Christ child. The high relief frame which surrounds the painting is a real masterpiece of modern minting. Different gold plating technologies let the frame shine in various ways. The painting which is surrounded by this very special frame is printed in the newest technology of digital printing. In the top of the frame, the inscription: “Doni Tondo” – the name of the coin and on the bottom: “Michelangelo” – the name of the painter. The coin’s obverse depicts the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the inscriptions: “Niue” – the issue country, “2016” – the issue year, “10 Dollars” - the face value and “2 Oz 999 Silver” – the weight and the fineness of Silver.

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