Renaissance residence Villa Cicogna Mozzoni featured on Italian silver coin
The fourth in the Italian Mint’s range of silver coins called Ville E Giardini Storici (Historical Villas and Gardens) is now available. The latest coin features a fine piece of Renaissance architecture called Villa Cicogna Mozzoni, located in Bisuschio, near Varese, in the region of Lombardy. The first in this series came out in 2013 and depicted the Villa Adriana in Tivoli. Subsequent releases were the 2014 Villa Lante in Bagnaia, and the 2015 Giardino di Boboli in Firenze.
Each coin, like most from the Eurozone, has unique artwork on both faces. This series is adorned with views of the villas in question, along with details like sculptures, and gardens. All are free of adornment, being cleanly struck in 18 g of sterling (0.925) silver. This 2016 coin has a good level of detail, like previous entrants, and collectors of the series will certainly find little to complain about. Mintage remains at 5,000, only the 7,000 of the 2013 debut coin being different.
The coin comes with a snapper style coin box inside a shipper. A Certificate of Authenticity is enclosed. The coin is available to order now for €50.00.
Villa Cicogna Mozzoni at Bisuschio superbly embodies the magnificent Renaissance architecture. Its extraordinary sixteenth-century double flight water stairs with a double row of cypress trees as well as its wonderful gardens, modelled after the Medici family’s and papal villas with their statues and fountains, make Villa Cicogna Mozzoni one of the most famous aristocratic villas in Lombardy.
OBVERSE: the courtyard of honour of the 16thcentury Villa Cicogna Mozzoni at Bisuschio, province of Varese, open onto an Italian garden; above, in two lines “REPUBBLICA” / “ITALIANA”; below, on the right, the name of the designer “U. PERNAZZA”
REVERSE: Villa Cicogna Mozzoni at Bisuschio: the spectacular double flight water stairs of 156 steps from the lion’s fountain to the nymphaeum standing on top of a hill maintained as a park; on the background, detail from Renaissance frescoes featuring wild beasts; in the field, “2016” and “R”, identifying the Mint of Rome; around, above, “VILLA CICOGNA MOZZONI BISVSCHIO”; in two lines, “5” and “EVRO” in exergue.
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