Niue – 2011 – 33x 1 Dollar – Sistine Chapel UNIQUE CONCEPT (PROOF)
33 coins in one
The product consists of 33, according to Michelangelo´s structure, edgeless colorprinted bars,
of 5 different sizes, which all put together form one coin unit.
Metal:999 Silver +
Weight:1 Kilo (total)
Size:326 x 120 mm (total)
The Sistine Chapel is the best-known Chapel in Christianity. It was built by Giovanni de’ Dolci as Papal Chapel for Pope Sixtus IV between 1477 and 1482. It is famous for its architecture, evocative of Solomon´s Temple of the Old Testament and its decoration.
Pope SixtusIV consecrated the first mass in honor of “Our Lady of the Assumption” in 1483. Since then the chapel has served as a place of both religious and functionary papal activity. Today it is the site of the Papal Conclave , the process by which a new Pope is selected.
Michelangelo Buonarrotiwas commissioned by Pope Julius II in 1508 to repaint the ceiling of the Chapel. It was originally painted as golden stars on a blue sky. The work was completed between 1508 and 1512.
Michelangelo painted 12,000square feet (1,100m2) of the chapel ceiling with
themes from the Book of Genesis. He was originally commissioned to paint only 12 figures, the Apostles. After the work was finished, there were more than 300. Today the ceiling is widely believed to be Michelangelo’s crowning achievements in painting.