The Istituto Poligrafico E Zecca Della Stato, fortunately known by its acronym IPZS, is responsible for the issuance of money in Italy, and that includes some superb commemoratives. Drawing on Italy’s deep, fascinating art and history, the mint has struck some beautiful designs in recent years. This new release is from their Italy as Art series, each of which showcases one of this ancient countries historical towns, previous coins featuring such subjects as Liguria, Santa Chiari and Atri. The 2015 coin depicts the town of Perugia, in Umbria.
Perugia is the capital of the central Italian province of Perugia in the region of Umbria and sits on the River Tiber around 164 kilometres north of Rome. Perugia is a well-known cultural and artistic centre of Italy. The famous painter Pietro Vannucci, nicknamed Perugino, was a native of Città della Pieve near Perugia. He decorated the local Sala del Cambio with a beautiful series of frescoes; eight of his pictures can also be admired in the National Gallery of Umbria. Perugino was the teacher of Raphael, the great Renaissance artist who produced five paintings in Perugia and one fresco.
The coin is a clean struck affair with each side depicting a piece of a 15th century fresco and looks very nicely done. This 5 Euro denominated coin weighs in at 18g of sterling silver and has a mintage of just 4,000 pieces, quite low in comparison to other European Mints like the Monnaie de Paris and the Muenze Osterreich. Available now for €50.