Power Coin (Italy)
Proof, high relief; minted tiles, Smartminting technology. Each coin is individually numbered on edge; Numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Antonello Galletta, Director Power Coin (Italy)
B.H. Mayer (Germany)
Description of obverse and reverse
The obverse of the coin features the Coat of Arms of Palau, surrounded by a beautiful decorative mosaic pattern. All around the obverse, the inscriptions: “GREAT MICROMOSAIC PASSION” – the name of the series, “GMP” – the abbreviation of the series, “REPUBLIC OF PALAU” – the issuing country and “20$” – the face value. Each coin is individually numbered on the edge.
The reverse of the coin reproduces the beautifully colored face of Venus from the famous painting by Sandro Botticelli, the Birth of Venus, struck with more than 5.000 tiles in exceptional high relief, to reproduce and empathize the extraordinary beauty of this piece of mosaic art in miniature. On the bottom-right of the reverse, the year of issue written in Roman numbers: “MMXVII” - 2017.
A brief annotation
The Birth of Venus is a painting by Sandro Botticelli probably made in the mid-1480s and depicts the goddess Venus arriving at the shore after her birth, when she had emerged from the sea fully-grown.
Although the two are not a pair, the painting is inevitably discussed with Botticelli's other very large mythological painting, the Primavera, also in the Uffizi. They are among the most famous paintings in the world, and icons of the Italian Renaissance; of the two, the Birth is even better known than the Primavera. As depictions of subjects from classical mythology on a very large scale they were virtually unprecedented in Western art since classical antiquity, as was the size and prominence of a nude female figure in the Birth.