If aftermarket prices are any indicator, Powercoin’s ‘Micropuzzle Treasures’ series has been something of a hit over the last few years. These three-ounce silver coins take a famous piece of art, and represent it as an incomplete jigsaw puzzle. It sounds simple, but realising the small, sharply-defined pieces in struck metal is no easy feat, but fortunately, the proprietary CIT/BHM technology, Smartminting, is more than up to the task.
This 2023 issue is to be the fifth and final piece in the series, and what better way to go out than with a work by the master himself, Michaelangelo Buonarotti. This work, Doni Tondo, follows coins featuring Starry Night (van Gogh), Two Sisters (Renoir), Reverie (Mucha), and Couple under One Umbrella (Afremov), so an eclectic collection, for sure.
Doni Tondo is unusual in being the only surviving, finished panel painting by Michaelangelo, although two unfinished works are held by the National Gallery in London. This one, however, resides in Florence, at the famous Uffizi Gallery
, still in its original Michaelangelo-designed frame. It is believed the work was commissioned by Agnolo Doni to celebrate his marriage to Maddalena Strozzi, hence the name ‘Doni’. The second part of the name, ‘Tondo’, refers to the round shape of the work, a popular style of the period.