Trento and its Buonconsiglio Castle join Italy of Arts series of proof silver coins
Just north of the stunning Lake Garda in Northern Italy sits Trento, the regional capital of Trentino. While a significant educational, scientific, financial and political centre in the region, it’s to the picturesque Medieval and Renaissance historic centre of the city that has inspired the latest addition to the long-running Italy and the Arts series of silver coins produced by IPZS.
One building in particular is worthy of special note by visitors and coin designers like Silvia Petrassi, tasked with bringing this place to life in numismatic form. Buonconsiglio Castle was developed from a fortified building that was erected in the 13th century next to the city’s walls. The seat of the Bishopric of Trent from the 13th to the 18th century, Buonconsiglio was built in many stages with Castelvecchio (“Old Castle”) the oldest building and the last major addition the Giunta Albertiana, named after Bishop Francesco Alberti Poja (1686). It’s currently the Provincial Gallery of Art.
This is the second of the Art of Italy coins, the other being a €10 coin of 22.0 grams in weight that we looked at last week. Like that coin and indeed most Euro coins, both sides feature distinctive artwork. The obverse looks at the Castelvecchio itself, with an external view. The reverse face depicts an amalgam of fresco elements that reside in the Torre Aquila (Eagle Tower).
Supplied in a box with a certificate of authenticity, this 18.0 gram sterling silver coin sells for €50.00 and is available to order now. An unusual and quirky piece, it’s a good addition to this long-running series.
Trento is a city where architecture and art, history and nature perfectly blend together, the Buonconsiglio Castle being its greatest and most important monument. The Castle is composed of several buildings from diﬀerent ages, the oldest being Castelvecchio, while the Torre Aquila is famous for its “Cycle of the Months”, a wonderful late Medieval fresco representing the ﬂow of the seasons.
OBVERSE: composition of elements drawn from the so called Castelvecchio or “Old Castle”, the frst building of the Buonconsiglio Castle in Trento and from Augustus Tower; around, on the left, the inscription “REPUBBLICA ITALIANA” and “2017”, the year of the coin’s issue; vertically, on the right, the name of the designer, “PETRASSI”
REVERSE: composition of scenes and decorative details drawn from frescoes of the cycle of the months painted by Master Wenceslas of Bohemia and conserved in the Torre Aquila or Eagle Tower of the Buonconsiglio Castle in Trento; above, the inscription “ITALIA DELLE ARTI”; in the centre, the value “5 EURO”; on the right, the letter “R” identifying the Mint of Rome; in exergue, the inscription “TRENTO”
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