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Italy 2016 Contemporary Age: Giulio Aristide Sartorio 50 Euro Gold Coin



The Contemporary Age 50-Euro Gold Italian Coin features the work of Giulio Aristide Sartorio, an Italian painter who was born in Rome in 1860 and died in his hometown in 1932. Some of his most famous pieces include Diana of Ephes and the Slaves, Gorgon and the Heroes (1895-99). He also directed a 1919 silent film called The Mystery of Galatea. Scenes from his frieze The Italian People (1908-12), are seen on the Contemporary Age 50 Euro gold coin. The masterpiece showcases the collective values of the Italian people and the nation’s unification through the 19th-century Risorgimento movement.


The obverse is anchored by the figure of a young woman from the frieze The Italian People: young Italy triumphant. She looks nearly straight upon the viewer while holding a staff in her right hand and outstretching her left arm in a welcoming gesture. Above her and to her right is the inscription REPUBBLICA ITALIANA in two lines, with a four-pointed star separating the words. Below her left arm is the “R” mintmark signifying the Mint of Rome. The name of the designer, V. DE SETA, is represented vertically along the staff.


A knight on horseback is seen waving the Italian flag, as depicted in Sartorio’s frieze. On the right of the image is the date 2016 and under the horse is the denomination 50 EURO in two lines. The inscription FAUNA NELL’ ARTE surrounds the upper portion of the horse, with the Italian flag breaking up the continuity of that phrase between the words FAUNA and NELL.

Designer(s): Valerio De Seta has designed several commemorative euro coins for Italy.

Coin Specifications:

Country:  Italy
Year Of Issue:  2016
Denomination: 50 Euro
Mint Mark: R
Alloy:  .900 Fine Gold
Weight:  16.129 g
Diameter:  28 mm
Edge:  Continuous Milled
OBV Designer  Valerio De Seta
REV Designer Valerio De Seta
Quality:  Proof


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