While the mints description of the series reproduced below is a little melodramatic, there’s no doubt that the city is home to some very impressive architecture and art. A major maritime and trading power for much of its history, the wealth that generated was displayed for all to see, especially during the Renaissance period. The object of this series is to showcase some of the most well known in two ways. Each coins reverse face depicts a cleanly struck representation of a famous piece of Venetian art or culture in one area. On the rest of the coin is reproduced a famous painting that is linked to it. Unlike the poor, low-resolution colour that is often applied to many coins, the Mint of Poland uses high-resolution digital printing, and the difference in quality is quite apparent. It’s a similar technique to that used for their Stunning Galaxies series of astronomy coins, one that disappointed for the lack of difference between each new coin, rather than the quality of them. Each coin has a good level of relief, explaining the smaller than usual 32mm diameter for a 31.1 g coin instead of the more standard 38-40mm.
Two versions of each design are available. Firstly, the usual one ounce fine silver coin, this having a mintage of 777 units. Secondly, a 0.9999 gold coin of an unusual 10g in weight, and with an incrediblly low mintage of just 40 pieces. The downside to the low gold mintage is a higher than usual price, currently hovering around the €1,000 mark. Packaging of the gold is very nicely realised, the acrylic lid on the wooden boxed being etched and allowing a good look at the coin. The silver is in the standard coin box used by the Mint of Poland for most of its silver coins, a decent affair. At the time of writing the silver was around the €100 mark. Only the first silver coin, Doge’s Palace, is dated 2015; all subsequent coins are dated 2016 or 2017 but share an identical obverse design. Images of each coin and the mints description of them are below. A classically designed series that should have appeal to art fans, and one that does a good job with colour on gold for a change.