2014 Niue 1 Ounce Lady Blunt Stradivarius Violin Silver Proof Coin
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The Stradivarius Lady Blunt violin of 1721 is the masterpiece of Italian luthier Antonio Stradivari of Cremona. The violin is named after its first known owner Lady Anne Blunt, daughter of Ada Lovelace, granddaughter of Lord Byron. The Lady Blunt is one of the two best-preserved Stradivarius violins in existence. It has survived, like the Messiah Stradivarius of 1716, in near-original condition since it has resided mostly in the hands of collectors and seen little use. This violin was sold at Sotheby's auction in 1971 for the record for those times amount of £84,000 (US$200,000). In 2008 it was re-sold to the Nippon Music Foundation for over US$10 million in a private transaction. On June 20, 2011 The Lady Blunt was sold by Tarisio Auctions on an online auction for £9.8 million, more than 4 times the previous auction record for a Stradivarius, held by the Molitor in 2010 ($3.6 million). When it went up for sale it was called "the best-preserved Stradivarius to be offered for sale in the past century".
First Ever Silver Coin with Handcrafted Wood Inlay!
The reverse depicts a colored front side image of the famous Stradivarius violin and the inscriptions: “Antonio Stradivari” with years of his life. The obverse shows the back side of the violin featuring real handcrafted wood inlay, the nominal value, an image of the Queen Elizabeth II with inscription “Elizabeth II” under it, the country of the issuer “Niue Island”, the fineness of the metal “Ag 999”, and the year of issue “2014”. All coins are serialized and numbered on the edge of the coin.
Grade: Reverse Proof, Genuine Wood Inlay
Metal Content: 1 troy oz
Manufacturer: Poland Mint
Diameter: 40 x 40 mm
Mint Capsule, Presentation Box, Serialized Certificate