The Villa Cicogna Mozzoni 5-euro silver coin pays tribute to a rural residence in Bisuschio, a small town near the city of Varese in Lombardy, a region in northern Italy that shares a border with Switzerland. This sprawling home was established as a hunting lodge by the 1440s and was completed in the 1500s. It represents one of the most famous examples of Renaissance-era Lombard architecture. The home’s gardens are among the most exquisite anywhere and draw tourists, exhibitions, and photographers from around the world.
Anchoring the obverse of the coin is a scene in the Villa Cicogna Mozzoni at Bisuschio courtyard of honor, with a water fountain in the foreground and the walls of the mansion forming the backdrop. In the sky, above the courtyard, REPUBBLICA wraps just under the top rim with ITALIANA located on a straight plane just below that. On the bottom right of the coin, on the ground of the courtyard, designer Uliana Pernazza’s name is represented as U. PERNAZZA.
Dominating the reverse is a double flight of stairs consisting of 156 steps from the lion’s fountain to the nymphaeum, both features at the mansion. On the upper half of the coin, flanking the top portion of the stairs, are Renaissance-era frescoes showcasing wild beasts. Under the left fresco is the date, 2016, and under the right an “R” mintmark signifying the Mint of Rome. Along the top two-thirds of the rim are the words VILLA CICOGNA MOZZONI BISVSCHIO, with the “U” in BISUSCIO stylized as a “V” in honor of the Latin spelling convention during the Renaissance era. Under the stairs is the denomination, 5 EURO.
Designer(s): Uliana Pernazza has been working as a medalist for over 30 years. Consequently, she has a long list of coins to her credit – her first being the 1985 International Year of the Etruscans commemorative coin.
|Year Of Issue:||2016|
|Alloy:||.925 Fine Silver|
|Edge:||Continuous Coarse Milled|
|OBV Designer||Uliana Pernazza|
|REV Designer||Uliana Pernazza|
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