SISTINE MADONNA Raphael 3 Oz Silver Coin 20$ Cook Islands 2009

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A numismatic masterpiece, made of 3 oz of pure silver 999 with 16 authentic swarovski crystals inlaid in this 55 mm coin, issued by Cook Islands.

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Country Cook Islands
Year 2009
Face Value 20 Dollars
Metal Silver
Fineness (purity) 999/1000
Weight (g) 93.3 (3 oz)
Diameter (mm) 55
Quality Proof
Mintage (pcs) 1.513
Certificate (COA) Yes
Presentation case (box) Yes
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The Sistine Madonna is a painting by the Italian High Renaissance artist Raphael, circa 1512–1514. It is housed in the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (old masters) of Dresden, Germany.

The canvas with the Virgin, Child and Saints Sixtus and Barbara, usually called the Sistine Madonna, is characterized by an imaginary space created by the figures themselves. The figures stand on a bed of clouds, framed by heavy curtains which open to either side. The Virgin actually appears to descend from a heavenly space, through the picture plane, out into the real space in which the painting is hung. This is seen by the active focal point in Madonna's knee. The gesture of St. Sixtus and the glance of St. Barbara seem to be directed toward the faithful, whom we imagine beyond the balustrade at the bottom of the painting. The Papal tiara, which rests on top of this balustrade, act as a bridge between the real and pictorial space.

The painting was probably intended to decorate the tomb of Pope Julius II. It was for some time located in the convent of St Sixtus in Piacenza and was later donated by the monks to Augustus III of Saxony.

The two putti at the foot of the painting and the figure of St. Barbara have often been reproduced in popular culture, such as Christmas cards.

Celebrating a work of genius from the Italian High Renaissance, the latest issue in the massively popular Masterpieces of Art Series honours the Sistine Madonna – completed circa 1513 by Italian artist and architect, Raphael.
Along with Michelangelo and Da Vinci, Raphael was one of the ‘big guns’ of the Renaissance period. The Sistine Madonna is among his most recognizable works, with the cherubs at the foot of the painting regularly reproduced in popular culture. An appropriate choice for this sought after, historic series, the Sistine Madonna is brilliantly recreated in full-colour upon this large 55mm .999 fine silver 3oz Proof. Also adorned with an array of genuine Swarovski crystals, this exclusive coin will undoubtedly be greeted with the same overwhelming demand as its predecessors.
Power Coin is delighted to have secured a tiny allocation of this exceptional release from the tiny worldwide mintage of just 1,513 coins – each superbly presented within a plush case with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. With limited stocks available, however, and a sellout inevitable, we must advise an early order.
The reverse depicts Queen Elizabeth II profile.