MONA LISA Leonardo Da Vinci Silver Gold Coin 20$ Cook Islands 2009

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A numismatic masterpiece, made of 3 oz of pure silver 999 and 1/4 oz of pure gold with 26 authentic swarovski crystals inlaid in this 55 mm coin, issued by Cook Islands.

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Specifications
Country Cook Islands
Year 2009
Face Value 20 Dollars
Metal Silver - Gold
Fineness (purity) 999/1000
Weight (g) 93.3 (3 oz) Ag - 1/4 oz Au
Diameter (mm) 55
Quality Proof
Mintage (pcs) 999
Certificate (COA) Yes
Presentation case (box) Yes
 
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Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) is the archetype of the Renaissance Man. During his life he did it all: architect, painter, sculptor, musician, draftsman, engineer, geometer, inventor, anatomist, physiologist, botanist and scientist. In short, he was a true genius.
Leonardo is justly famous for his realistic paintings, such as the Mona Lisa, the Madonna of the Rocks, and the Last Supper, as well as for influential drawings such as the Vitruvian Man.

The Mona Lisa is the famous 16th-century portrait by Leonardo da Vinci. Her mysterious smile has beguiled generations of viewers, but the true identity of this beauty remains unknown, despite intensive research by art historians. Many believe the Mona Lisa to be a portrait of Lisa Gherardini Giocondo, the wife of a wealthy Florentine merchant, Francesco del Giocondo, hence its name in Italian, “La Gioconda”. Others have suggested the subject was a mistress of da Vinci, or even a self-portrait, with da Vinci imagining himself as a woman. Leonardo's painting is famous among artist scholars for its innovative techniques, including sfumato (shown in the painting's distinctive hazy, soft-focus effect) and chiaroscuro (the complex interplay of light and shadow). Some believe that its French name “La Joconde” is a play on "the merry woman," a reference to her smile.

 
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This coin shows the "Mona Lisa", the famous 16th-century portrait by Italian genius Leonardo da Vinci. Her mysterious smile has beguiled generations of viewers, but the true identity of this beauty remains unknown, despite intensive research by art historians.
The reverse depicts Queen Elizabeth II profile.

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