Eternal Scuptures series continues with the classic Greek sculpture the Venus De Milo

Last year, Italian coin dealer Powercoin debuted a pair of new designs produced by industry favourites Coin Invest Trust. The first was a cool look at the whole Guy Fawkes/Anonymous phenomenon, recently expanded with a second, even better coin. The other series showcases some of the worlds most beautiful and iconic statues. The first coin depicted a work from the end of the eighteenth century called Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss by the artist Antonio Cavana.

Like the first coin, this one is struck in two ounces of fine silver, with all the extra weight going on thickness and not diameter. The advantage of this manifests in strong levels of high relief and when combined with CIT and BH Mayers proprietry SmartMinting technology, allows some quite impressive designs to be realised. This new Venus De Milo release is one such example.

The border of this coin is a fine example of an intricate strike, with tons of detail, and crisp edges. In the centre, standing prominently from the black proof background, is a representation of the iconic Venus De Milo statue. This is finished in the same marble-effect colour as the 2016 coin and makes a nice contrast to the dark shiny background. The border on the obverse is less detailed and of a lower level of relief, at one point interrupted by the well known shield emblem of Palau. The statue relief remains on a par with the reverse face, however, and features the back of the statue finished in the same way as the front.

Inscriptions are neat and unobtrusive, the date in Roman numerals remaining a nice touch. The coin comes in a good quality box and with a certificate of authenticity. Due to ship at the end of April, the coin will sell for around the $230 mark. It’s available from site sponsors Powercoin, First Coin Company, Pela Coins, and Coins Boutique.

2017 ETERNAL SCULPTURES VENUS DE MILO

THE VENUS DE MILO

Aphrodite of Milos, better known as the Venus de Milo, is an ancient Greek statue and one of the most famous works of ancient Greek sculpture. Created sometime between 130 and 100 BCE, it is believed to depict Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty (Venus to the Romans). It is a marble sculpture, slightly larger than life size at 203 cm (6 ft 8 in) high.

Part of an arm and the original plinth were lost following its discovery. From an inscription that was on its plinth, it is thought to be the work of Alexandros of Antioch; earlier, it was mistakenly attributed to the master sculptor Praxiteles. It is currently on permanent display at the Louvre Museum in Paris. The statue is named after the Greek island of Milos, where it was discovered.

The Aphrodite of Milos is widely renowned for the mystery of her missing arms. There is a filled hole below her right breast that originally contained a metal tenon that would have supported the separately carved right arm. (Source: Wikipedia)

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SPECIFICATION

NAME 2017 VENUS DE MILO
DENOMINATION $10 Palau
COMPOSITION 0.999 silver
WEIGHT 62.2 grams
DIAMETER 38.61 mm
FINISH Black proof
MODIFICATIONS Ultra high relief
MINTAGE 999
BOX / COA Yes / Yes

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