Italy

June, 2019

Renaissance master Tintoretto adorns Italy’s gold entrant in the 2019 Europa Star Programme

By |2019-06-12T19:37:42+01:00June 12th, 2019|Categories: Art & Literature, Gold, People, IPZS Italy, Italy|

Renaissance master Tintoretto adorns Italy's gold entrant in the 2019 Europa Star Programme Tintoretto, born in 1518 as Jacopo Comin, was an Italian painter noted for the speed he painted, and the sheer boldness of his brushwork. Nicknamed Il Furioso for the energy he imparted into his work, he was a painter of the Venetian school and one that divided contemporary opinions. His work was characterised by [...]

April, 2019

Italian Excellence series of silver coins celebrates the ultra-iconic Vespa scooter with a trio of variants

By |2019-04-09T19:07:30+01:00April 9th, 2019|Categories: Coloured, Science, Silver, IPZS Italy, Italy|

Italian Excellence series of silver coins celebrates the ultra-iconic Vespa scooter with a trio of variants Two-wheeled transport doesn't get more iconic than the Italian brand, Vespa. Along with their competitor Lambretta, this company pioneered the popularity of this once cheap and cheerful mode of transport after the Second World War ended. While Lambretta has fallen by the wayside, even if it has revived recently as a [...]

October, 2018

Italy digs into a rich history of geographical discovery with Marco Polo, the first Explorers silver coin

By |2018-10-16T11:00:11+01:00October 16th, 2018|Categories: History, People, Silver, IPZS Italy, Italy|

Italy digs into a rich history of geographical discovery with Marco Polo, the first Explorers silver coin One of the world's greatest explorers, or one of history's biggest spoofers, the legacy of Marco Polo is still argued about today. His epic journal detailed travels to the Far East and are likely a mix of reality and exaggeration. Born in 1254 in the Republic of Venice, he didn't [...]

Long-running Italy of Arts series features the Queen of Venetian Villas, the Villa Pisani

By |2018-10-15T01:06:04+01:00October 15th, 2018|Categories: Architecture, Art & Literature, News Nuggets, Silver, IPZS Italy, Italy|

Long-running Italy of Arts series features the Queen of Venetian Villas, the Villa Pisani Now in its ninth year, with two sterling silver releases per year (one 22g and one 18g), Italia Della Arti (Italy of Arts) has been showcasing some of this Mediterranean nations amazing works of art and architecture. This is the second coin of 2018 and is the lighter of the two. The Italian Mint [...]

July, 2018

Artemisia Gentileschi is the latest Italian female artist to be immortalised in gold

By |2018-07-16T16:58:15+01:00July 17th, 2018|Categories: Art & Literature, News Nuggets, Gold, IPZS Italy, Italy|

2018 ARTEMISIA GENTILESCHI A series of fifth-ounce gold coins celebrating the history of women in Italian art, this €20 issue spotlights the work of Artemisia Gentileschi, a 17th century Baroque painter now considered one of the best of her generation. A self portrait is reproduced on one face of the coin and a detail from one of her more famous works on the reverse. Neat enough for art fans, it's available [...]

May, 2018

Pisa cathedral was consecrated nine centuries ago and Italy marks the date with a new silver coin

By |2018-05-05T20:40:43+01:00May 5th, 2018|Categories: Architecture, History, Silver, IPZS Italy, Italy|

Pisa cathedral was consecrated nine centuries ago and Italy marks the date with a new silver coin Italy has debuted a new sterling silver coin and it's another showcasing the extraordinary architectural history of this Mediterranean country. One of the most iconic buildings in Italy is without question the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Lesser known but no less impressive is the cathedral on the same site called The [...]

March, 2018

Italy adds its Baroque-inspired silver issue to the Europa Star coin programme

By |2018-03-13T19:09:15+01:00March 13th, 2018|Categories: Art & Literature, News Nuggets, Silver, IPZS Italy, Italy|

Italy adds its Baroque-inspired silver issue to the Europa Star coin programme The Europe-wide Europa Star coin programme has Baroque as its theme this year and again, IPZS is contributing a design on behalf of Italy. Drawing on this Mediterranean nations long association with fine art, the design draws on works by Mochi, Borromini and Bernini to represent the Baroque period. The Baroque was a movement [...]

Italy adds to its minigold Roman Emperors series with one of the best of them – Trajan

By |2018-03-08T09:17:29+01:00March 8th, 2018|Categories: News Nuggets, History, Gold, People, IPZS Italy, Italy|

Italy adds to its minigold Roman Emperors series with one of the best of them - Trajan A new series from the Italian Mint IPZS that debuted last year, Serie Imperatori Romani (‘Roman Emperors Series’) are 3 gram minigold coins featuring some of the more well known of Ancient Rome's leaders. The 2017 coin showcased Hadrian and 2018 sees one of the famous 'five good emperors', Trajan. At [...]

January, 2018

The Italian Constitution is 70 years old and IPZS releases rare enamel-coloured silver coin to mark it

By |2018-01-03T20:56:45+01:00January 3rd, 2018|Categories: History, Coloured, Silver, IPZS Italy, Italy|

The Italian Constitution is 70 years old and IPZS releases rare enamel-coloured silver coin to mark it It was seventy years ago this month that Italy transitioned itself to a constitutional republic and abolished its age old monarchy. Coming into force on the first day of 1948, the Costituzione della Repubblica Italiana was designed to make sure that it was never possible for another Benito Mmussolini to [...]

November, 2017

Italy celebrates 60 years of the ultra-iconic Fiat 500 city car with a new silver coin release

By |2017-11-20T23:49:23+01:00November 21st, 2017|Categories: Science, Silver, IPZS Italy, Italy|

Italy celebrates 60 years of the ultra-iconic Fiat 500 city car with a new silver coin release Surprisingly given their ubiquitous nature, cars are a relative rarity on modern precious metal commemorative coins. Leave it up to Italy, the home of some of the worlds most famous sports car builders, to drop a cool, car coin on the market then. For all that people admire the Ferrari [...]

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