Modern Numismatics International (The Netherlands)
1 dollar (Niue Island) x14
210 x 96 mm (29 x 48 mm x 12 + 36 x 48 mm x 2)
Proof, color printing
PAMP S.A. (Switzerland)
Description of obverse and reverse
The product consists of 14 rimless full color printed silver bars depiction in its total the Passion of Christ from the Maesta of Siena's cathedral.
The obverses depict the effigy of HRM Queen Elizabeth II, the face value, year date and the name of the issuing country Niue.
Each of the reverses feature one station of the Passion of Christ taken from the Maesta in Siena's Cathedral by Duccio di Bouninsegna.
A brief annotation
Duccio di Buoninsegna was one of the most influential Italian artists of his time. The fabled Maestà (1308-11) for Siena’s cathedral was his masterpiece. Duccio’s Maestà set Italian painting on a course leading away from the hieratic representations of Byzantine art towards more direct presentations of reality. The altarpiece was composed of many individual paintings. The front panels make up a large enthroned Madonna & Child.
The reverse has the rest of a combined cycle of the life of Christ in a total of forty-three small scenes. The altarpiece remained in place until 1711, when it was dismantled in order to distribute the pieces between two altars. The five-meter high construction was dismantled and sawn up, and the paintings damaged in the process. The dismantling also led to pieces going astray, either being sold, or simply unaccounted for. Extant remains of the altarpiece not at Siena are divided among several other museums.
The product celebrates the 700th Anniversary of this masterpiece.