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Jan van Eyck – Gothic
Ян ван Эйк – Готика
Presented by
Royal Mint of Belgium
Nominal value
50 euro
6,22 g
21 mm
Gold 999°
1000 pcs
Production quality
Luc Luycx
Royal Dutch Mint
Description of obverse and reverse
On the obverse, the most striking detail from the lower middle panel of the altarpiece “Adoration of the Mystic Lamb” is shown: the bleeding lamb or the personification of Jesus, the Son of God, sacrificing his life to redeem mankind from sin. 

The reverse of the gold 50 euro coin depicts the map of Europe in a large, pentagonal star, with the year, value and the country indication in three languages.
A brief annotation
Final issue in the Europe Star Euro programme. 

The coin shows the center part of Van Eyck’s most prestigious masterpiece: the “Adoration of the Mystic Lamb”. 

The Flemish painter Jan van Eyck (ca. 1390 – 1441) is without a doubt a true innovator. His fine brushstrokes and translucent oil painting techniques led to breathtaking results. The realism, eye for detail and perfection in both composition and colour control astounded many. The high praised court painter to Philip the Good was also one of the first to sign his own works, which was unusual at the time. 

Although little is known about Van Eyck’s life, his works are well known. Only twenty of his paintings were preserved, but all are masterpieces. The legendary altarpiece “Adoration of the Mystic Lamb” is known in almost every part of the world and has been on display in the St Bavo's Cathedral in Ghent for six centuries. Its recent restoration made the piece even more spectacular.
New issue
№ 4(65) 2023
№ 4(65) 2023
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