Masterpieces of Art - Raphael "School of Athens"

Cook Islands 2008 - $20 - Masterpieces of Art - Raphael "School of Athens" - 3oz LIMITED Silver Coin

Only 1.000 of these coins were issued by Allcollect!
These special coins with a reproduced painting are dedicated to Masterpieces of Art.
$817.83

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Country Cook Islands
Year 2008
Face Value currency Dollar
Face Value number 20
Metal Silver - with Stone
Fineness 999/1000
Weight 3oz - 93,3g
Diameter 55 mm
Edge Serrated
Mintage 1000
Quality Proof
Certificate of authenticity yes
Presentation Case yes
Price $817.83
Coin Story

The title "School of Athens" is an old tour-book's invention, which tends to obscure the painting's immediate context and meaning. It is actually one of a group on the four walls of the Stanza (those on either side centrally interrupted by windows) that depict distinct themes of knowledge. Each theme is identified above by a separate tondo containing a majestic female figure seated in the clouds, with putti bearing the phrases: "Seek Knowledge of Causes", "Divine Inspiration", "Knowledge of Things Divine" (Disputà), "To Each What Is Due". Accordingly, the figures on the walls below exemplify Philosophy, Poetry (including Music), Theology, Law. The "School" is therefore actually "Philosophy", and its overhead tondo-label, "Causarum Cognitio" tells us what kind, as it appears to echo Aristotle's emphasis on wisdom as knowing why, hence knowing the causes, in Metaphysics Book I and Physics Book II. Indeed, Aristotle appears to be the central figure in the scene below. However all the philosophers depicted sought to understand through knowledge of first causes. Many lived before Plato and Aristotle, hardly a third were Athenians, and the architecture is Roman, not Greek.

Reverse Design

The reverse features the famous painting "School of Athens" by Raphael. It is surrounded by 16 brilliant Swarowski crystals. The image offsets itself from the rest of the silver coin, due to the applied color.

Obverse Design

The obverse features the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, the country of issue and the face value.

Packaging

The Masterpieces of Art - Raphael "School of Athens" silver coin comes encapsulated, accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity. It comes with a presentation case, which is doing a great job in staging this special coin.

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