Palau – 2008 – 5 Dollars – Illusion Autumn Leaves (PROOF)

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Patially gilded with 18kt. rose gold
Metal: Silver .925 gilded
Weight: 25 g
Diameter: 30×45 mm
Quality: Proof
Mintage: 2’500 pcs.

Phantom? An illusion? ? Sometimes we hardly believe our own eyes.

Our eyes are in fact able to take in an image as quick as lightning. However, sometimes this first impression is very confusing. We then have to look twice and strain our eyes more. We have to first mentally digest what we saw on the spur of the moment. Only on the second glance do we recognise that an image consists of different layers and details.

The Swiss artist Sandro del Prete (* 1931) is a master craftsman in the optical illusion drawing style which he calls ?Illusorism?. One of his new riddle images is this beautiful autumn scene. Look closely: In the middle of withered leaves a sleeping woman is already dreaming of the next spring?

Do you see her?