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2016 - Niue 2 $ Venice: Piazza San Marco - Proof

Producer:Mint of Poland (Mennica Polska)
Catalogue number:NISP2016PSM
Denomination:2 NZD
Silver Fineness:Ag 999/1000
Weight:1 oz (31,1 g)
Diameter:32 mm
Mintage (pcs):777
Packaging:gift box, certificate
Date of Issue:08/2016
Price:vyprodáno / sold

Piazza San Marco, 2 dollars, Series: SOS. Venice – End or Beginning?


Will Venice disappear without trace like Pompeii and legendary Atlantis? Will the tremendous forces of nature take over the impressive architecture of the city? There are numerous indications that Venice will soon disappear in the sea depths. The city is threatened not only by rising sea levels, but also by gradual landslides caused by the movement of tectonic plates. The Mint of Poland, concerned about the future of Venice and inspired by its fragile beauty, commemorated its distinctive landmarks in pure silver.

Outstanding masterpiece by Francesco Guardi in your hands!    

  • great gift idea for all art lovers and admirers of beautiful Venice!
  • commemorative and artistic value – interesting design alluding to Venetian Gothic
  • Venice landmarks shown through the prism of paintings by Canaletto and Francesco Guardi
  • minted in .999 sterling silver
  • limited mintage

The impressive architecture of the city has always been a source of inspiration for the great Italian painters. The fourth coin from the series “S.O.S. Venice – End or Beginning?” features the famous painting by Francesco Guardi. One of his chefs-d’oeuvre depicts the St Mark’s Square with a view over a medieval basilica, a bell tower, the arcades of the Procuratie Vecchie and the Procuratie Nuove, as well as numerous stalls and cafés. The painting perfectly captures the atmosphere of the bygone era. In the XVIII-century Venice the exquisite gowns of the city dwellers – fancy dresses of the ladies and scarlet capes of the men – constituted an integral part of the beautiful Venetian landscape. The painting’s reproduction was vividly reflected on the coin’s surface with the use of high-end digital printing. The right-hand side of the reverse depicts St Mark’s winged lion derived from one of two columns devoted to patrons of Venice – St. Mark and St Theodore. This elegant high-relief frame perfectly complements the work art by Francesco Guardi.

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