Eyvind Earle was one of America’s great modernist painters, but is best known for his stint at Disney, being the only artist that Walt Disney ever gave total creative control of an animated movie to. Sleeping Beauty turned out to be an iconic masterpiece of creativity, but Earle also produced countless other pieces of work over his 70 year career. One of his most successful enterprises became his more than 800 Christmas greeting cards, silkscreened from oil paintings, and portraying a wide variety of seasonal themes. Selling by the million at upscale stores, original hand-screened and signed cards sell for very large sums at auction.
Swiss mint PAMP have released their first set of three coins showcasing Earle’s work, and the theme is the Birth of Christ. The coins depict (left to right below), Evangelists Matthew and Luke with an Angel, Madonna and Child, and The Magi. All are classic examples of this Earle’s very distinctive style, and as you’d expect from this very highly regarded company, quality is first class. The set has been available for some time to be honest, and we thought the time had past to report on it, but recently the Royal Canadian Mint has started selling it, so here we are. At $494.95 CND ($358 US, £242, €328), it seems to be a far keener price than we’ve seen before as well.
An unusual, beautifully produced set of coins, the Icons of Faith set is a niche affair, but one that hits its target bang on. For those who admire his work but wish to spend less, the Madonna and Child coin pendant sells for far less and is just as well presented. That one is available from regular PAMP dealers like World Ancient, and JVP-Coins.