The second release we’re looking at this time, continues this producer’s clever ability to find perfect subjects in the most unlikely of places. Here we have a small part of the relief from one of the doors of Milan Duomo, the iconic cathedral, and one of the cities most beautiful buildings. Those doors are set into a facade, started in the late 16th century, and completely covered with bas-relief artwork.
Describing them would take an article several times the size of this one, but Google Arts & Culture has a superb page covering them, so check that out. The art chosen for the coin is from the cathedral’s main door, completed centuries later in 1906 by sculptor Ludovico Pogliaghi, and is meant to picture the ‘Joy and Sorrow of the Virgin Mary’. There are two focal scenes set into the main doors, and the coin takes the left-hand one, leaving the other for a future coin release, perhaps.
It’s a very intricate scene, filled with Christian biblical imagery, and depicts the Ascension of Jesus. You don’t need me to tell you the mint has done an incredible job reproducing it, and the fact it is also stackable, is very impressive. It’s possible this may see a kilo variant in the future, and that will be quite a feat. Like the other two-ounce stackables in CT’s range, this has an unlimited mintage, and is available now. We’ll try to get a sample to photograph, as the images aren’t the clearest.