Packing the coin with more colour is an example of Gaudi’s vibrant stained-glass, and ceramic-fragment art, something that’s become an iconic feature of so many of his works. Wildly random in detail, yet forming cohesive wholes, they adorn everything from his smallest works, to his largest, and from floors to ceilings, but always as highlights, rather than as monolithic coverage. Gaudi died in 1926, never having seen the Sagrada Familia complete, although that isn’t unusual, as neither has anyone else – it’s still under construction. If the opportunity arises, I can wholeheartedly recommend a visit to the Sagrada, or the park, as both are amazing.
The coin is struck to a proof finish, and is formed from an ounce of 0.999 silver. The Mint of Poland does a fine job with its high-resolution digital colour application, and there’s laser frosting in the background, something they confusingly term ‘microprinting’. Display of the coin is easy with the supplied latex-skinned frame, and the certificate of authenticity is printed on the slip cover. The mintage is capped at 999 pieces. None of the release material indicates if this is to be the start of a series or not, but as Gaudi, also called ‘God’s Architect’, has seven works good enough to be UNESCO World Heritage Sites, we suspect that is indeed the case. Available to order now.