Dobrochna Tamara Surajewska
Description of obverse and reverse
Reverse: On the let side – a portrait of Chopin by Eugene Delacroix; at the background – a fragment of his manuscript of Étude E major (Op. 10 No.3). At the bottom – year of Fryderyk Chopin’s birth and death and his signature.
Obverse: In the center – an image of the Queen Elizabeth II with a semicircular inscription under it “Elizabeth II” and the year of issue “2010”. At the top – a stylized 19th century ribbon with the name of the issuer “Niue Island”. At the bottom – face value of the coin “One dollar”. At the background – a fragment of Chopin’s manuscript of Étude E major.
A brief annotation
Frederic François Chopin – the greatest Polish composer and virtuoso pianist, one of the masters of Romantic music. He was often referred to as a piano poet for his extraordinary sensitivity and the ability to draw from the Polish folk music. His musical talent was revealed unusually early – he was often compared with the childhood genius of Mozart. Among his compositions are numerous polonaises, ballades, songs, 57 mazurkas, 19 nocturnes, 4 scherzos, two series of etudes, 24 preludes, and 3 sonatas.