VERMEER Girl Pearl Earring Silver Coin 5$ Cook Islands 2009

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Famous Jan Vermeer masterpiece, "Girl with a Pearl Earring", known as the "Mona Lisa of the North", is depicted on this Silver 925 coin. Cook Islands issued this special coin with an authentic pearl inlaid.

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Specifications
Country Cook Islands
Year 2009
Face Value 5 Dollars
Metal Silver
Fineness (purity) 925/1000
Weight (g) 25
Size (mm) 30 x 38
Quality Proof
Mintage (pcs) 5.000
Certificate (COA) Yes
Presentation case (box) No
 
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The painting Girl with a Pearl Earring (Dutch: Het Meisje met de Parel) is one of Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer's masterworks and as the name implies, uses a pearl earring for a focal point. The painting is currently housed at The Mauritshuis in The Hague. It is sometimes referred to as "the Mona Lisa of the North" or "the Dutch Mona Lisa.
In general, very little is known about Vermeer and his works. This painting is signed "IVMeer" but not dated. It is unclear whether this work was commissioned, and if so, by whom. In any case, it is probably not meant as a conventional portrait.

 
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Johannes Vermeer was a Dutch Baroque painter who specialized in exquisite, domestic interior scenes of ordinary life. Vermeer worked slowly and with great care, using bright colours, sometimes expensive pigments, with a preference for cornflower blue and yellow. He is particularly renowned for his masterly treatment and use of light in his work. What strikes in most of his paintings is a certain love, which easily could be called a love sickness, for the people and the objects in his paintings. This beautiul coin is the first of the series "Old Masters of Europe" and is dedicated to his masterpiece, featured by a real pearl inlaind. The reverse depicts Queen Elizabeth II profile.

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