Palau – 2018 – 10 Dollars – Eternal Sculptures Rape of Proserpina

 229.00

This marvellous 2 Oz Silver coin is the third release in the much awaited “Eternal Sculptures” series, dedicated to one of Bernini’s masterpieces – the Rape of Proserpina. The coin features the Smartminting technology on both faces, has a wonderful marble effect, has unbelievable details, has a Black Proof quality and a limited mintage of only 999 pcs worldwide.

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Issuing Country Cook Islands
Year of Issue 2018
Face Value 10 Dollars
Metal Silver
Fineness (purity) 999/1000
Weight 2 oz
Diameter 38.61 mm
Quality PROOF BLACK
Mintage 999 pieces
Scope of Delivery Box
Certificate

Description

The Rape of Proserpina (Italian: Ratto di Proserpina) is a large Baroque marble sculptural group by Italian artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini, executed between 1621 and 1622. Bernini was only twenty-three years old at its completion. It depicts the Abduction of Proserpina, where Proserpina is seized and taken to the underworld by the god Pluto. As with many of Bernini’s early works, it was commissioned by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, possibly alongside a portrait of Scipione’s uncle Pope Paul V (who had died in 1621). Bernini received at least three payments for the statue, of value of at least 450 Roman scudi. The sculpture was begun in 1621 and completed in 1622. Quite soon after completion, the statue was given by Scipione to Cardinal Ludovisi in 1622, who transported it to his villa. Purchased by the Italian State, it returned to the Villa Borghese in 1908.