The second issue in Numiscollects Royal Delft series of coins has been announced and follows a similar path to the first coin released last year. World-renowned producer of pottery, Royal Delft is the last remaining producer from 32 earthenware factories established in the 17th century, Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles continues to this day to manufacture porcelain of the highest quality from the central location they have operated from since 1916, at the Rotterdamseweg in Delft. To celebrate the company, Numiscollect released an unusual coin featuring a half-sphere of handcrafted Delft porcelain embedded into the face of  a 50 g, 50 mm diameter silver coin. Because of the handpainted nature of the insert, no two are exactly the same. The first coin had the insert set onto a beautifully struck representation of a Dutch East India company merchant vessel.

This year, in combination with the 125th anniversary of his birth, the coin depicts Vincent Van Gogh, famed artist. Sticking with the Dutch theme, the painter is represented by a strike of the man behind some sunflowers, a flower inextricably linked with his work. The blue painted, domed earthenware piece is decorated with a stylised sunflower in honour of that work. These are very unusual coins, one we’re sure will have plenty of appeal to the multitude of Royal Delft collectors. Limited to just 999 pieces, it plays right into the collectible market for the porcelain. Shipping in October, the previous coin sells for around the €200 mark and we’d expect this to be quite similar.

MINTS DESCRIPTION

Unique concept coin with a real Royal Delft™ earthenware piece inserted. The piece is handmade and hand painted. The motive Vincent van Gogh is related to the Netherlands and fits perfectly to Royal Delft™ and issued for the 125th anniversary of Vincent van Gogh. Sunflowers, a portrait painted by Royal Delft painters and a blue stone sunflower inserted.

Vincent Willem van Gogh was a Post-Impressionist painter. He was a Dutch artist whose work had a far-reaching influence on 20th-century art. His output includes portraits, self portraits, landscapes and still lifes of cypresses, wheat fields and sunflowers. He drew as a child but did not paint until his late twenties; he completed many of his best-known works during the last two years of his life. In just over a decade, he produced more than 2,100 artworks, including 860 oil paintings and more than 1,300 watercolors, drawings, sketches and prints.

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SPECIFICATION

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE BOX / COA
$10 COOK ISLANDS 0.999 SILVER 50 g 50.00 mm PROOF 999 YES / YES
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