ALBA MADONNA RAPHAEL Perfection in Art 2 Oz Silver Coin 10$ Niue 2017

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This beautiful 2 Oz Silver coin is the third release in the “Perfection in Art” series and features a painting from 1510 by the Italian High Renaissance artist Raphael. The coin has a gilded frame and impressive shining colours, has a Proof quality and comes in a themed case, along with the Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage to 999 pieces worldwide.

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Specifications
Country Niue
Year 2017
Face Value 10 Dollars
Metal Silver
Fineness (purity) 999/1000
Weight (g) 62.2 (2 oz)
Diameter (mm) 50
Quality Prooflike
Mintage (pcs) 999
Certificate (COA) Yes
Presentation case (box) Yes
 
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Alba Madonna
The Alba Madonna is a painting by the Italian High Renaissance artist Raphael, depicting Mary, Jesus and John the Baptist, in a typical Italian countryside. John the Baptist is holding up a cross to Jesus, which the baby Jesus is grasping. All three figures are staring at the cross. The three figures are grouped to the left in the round design, but the outstretched arm of the Madonna and the billowing material of her cloak balance the image. This Madonna was commissioned by Paolo Giovio who planned to send it to the church of the Olivetani in Nocera dei Pagani. In the 18th century, the painting belonged to the Spanish House of Alba, whose name it bears. In 1836 it was acquired by Nicholas I of Russia, who made it one of the highlights of the Imperial Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg. A century later the Soviet Government clandestinely sold it to Andrew W. Mellon, who donated his collection to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., where it may be seen today.

 
Design

The reverse of the coin shows Mary, Jesus and John the Baptist. With one hand John the Baptist and the baby Jesus are holding a cross. And all three figures are looking at the cross. Over their heads we can see a gentle halo. On top of the reverse, the inscription: “ALBA MADONNA” – the name of the coin. On the bottom, the inscription: “RAPHAEL” – the name of the Italian painter. The obverse of the coin features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the inscriptions: “NIUE” - the issuing country, “2017” – the year of issue, “10 DOLLARS” – the face value, “2OZ 999 SILVER” – the weight of the coin and the fineness of the silver and “ELIZABETH II” – the name of the Queen.

 
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