This year sees the 500th anniversary of the death of Renaissance giant Leonardo da Vinci and the numismatic world has certainly taken notice. Various coin issues have looked at Leonardo’s work in invention, especially the superb Czech Mint series, and others have concentrated on his many masterpieces in the world of art and sculpture, such as the unusual dimensional Mint of Poland coin from 2016.
The European producer, Allcollect, are adding a silver foil to the mix. The format of choice is a 5g, 0.999 silver foil of a size and shape very similar to a banknote. This one doesn’t carry a denomination, however, and the number 500 liberally placed over both faces just refers to the anniversary length. The design is an amalgamation of four of the most iconic da Vinci works. One side combines his self portrait with The Last Supper. The other side features the Mona Lisa and The Vitruvian Man.
The art is done in a monochrome style and while it lacks the fine detailing of, for example, CIT’s Skyline Dollar series, it does a neat enough job. Packaging is a good looking gatefold sleeve decorated with his sketches in an ‘aged-paper’ style. Just 2,019 will be produced and it should be available to pre-order now.