2020 marks the 500th anniversary of the death of a famous Italian painter and architect Raphael. Together with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino was one of three undisputed masters at the apogee of High Renaissance. In circa 1513-1514, this well-known artist created his masterpiece – the «Madonna della Seggiola». It portrays Mary embracing the child Christ, while the young John the Baptist devoutly watches. Hundreds of tourists come to the Palazzo Pitti to see the beauty of this painting, but now it is immortalized on the coin.
The coin is dedicated to “Madonna della Seggiola” and because of the high quality digital printing technology employed, the painting on the reverse of the coin has been rendered as realistically as possible.
The coin’s highly detailed obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Raphael’s famous Cherubs (detail of the Sistine Madonna) on the bottom. In 1858, Nathaniel Hawthorne called this painting “the most beautiful picture in the world” after having seen it through “a hundred engravings and copies”.
The mintage is limited to only 500 pieces for worldwide distribution.
Quality: Color, Antique Finish
Denomination: 10 Cedis
Metal Content: 50 Grams
Diameter: 50 mm
Mint capsule, Wood Presentation Box, Certificate of Authenticity