Giuseppe Verdis music in silver18 2013

Giuseppe Verdis music in silver

A commemorative coin with the face-value of 25 roubles created at the Saint-Petersburg Mint is dedicated to the 200th anniversary of birth of the great Italian composer. The Bank of Russia has issued the Creative Work of Giuseppe Verdi coin within the framework of the Treasury of the World Culture series.

Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi was born on October 10, 1813 in the village of Roncole of the Parma Province. Verdis creative work is one of the greatest achievements of the world opera and  the culmination of development of the Italian opera of the 19th century.

The composer created 26 operas (including Un Ballo in Maschera, Rigoletto, Il Trovatore, La Traviata) and a requiem.  His last operas   Aida, Otello, Falstaff are the pinnacle of Verdis creativity.

The coin authors were artists of the Design Center of Goznak A.D. Schablykin (design) and A.F. Antonov (modeling).  

There is a relief fragment of Giuseppe Verdis portrait by Giovanni Boldini against the mirror area in the left bottom of the coin reverse; in the background to the right there is the building of the Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre in Saint-Petersburg; a facsimile signature of the composer is above it. In the top of the disc to the right there is a fragment of a musical score, to the left there are contours of the Peter and Paul Fortress; th the left along the edge there is a semicircular inscription " " (Giuseppe Verdi).

The beautiful coin was struck in proof quality in the number of 1000 pieces of sterling silver.

The Treasury of the World Culture series will be continued. The Bank of Russia is planning to issue a commemorative coin dedicated to the great Italian sculptor Michelangelo Buonarroti.
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