The Laocoon (year 1996)
This gold medal of the Vatican was minted in 1996 and is the fifth in the series. It is part of the second trilogy representing the statues of classical antiquity preserved in the Vatican Museums. The Laocoon group was discovered in Rome in 1506 in the baths of the Emperor Titus. Recognized also by Michelangelo, it was immediately bought by Pope Julius II, who began the collection of classical sculptures kept in the Vatican.
Considered one of the most important works, had a profound influence in Western culture and art of past centuries.sculpture is an original work of artists of Rhodes, carved at the time of Emperor Tiberius (14-37 AD) as a replica of an original bronze of the second century BC. In the "straight" is depicted Laocoon with his sons crushed by a sea serpent. The bottom of the coin shows the inscription "Laocoon".
In the "reverse" is reproduced a view of the courtyard of the Pine Cone with "Musei Vaticani V" and "Anno 1996"
Diameter: 35 mm.
Weight: 34 grams in 18 Karati.
Coinage: 1000 copies, each coin has its own ID number stamped on the board.
Packaging: purple leather case with golden emblem of the Vatican on the cover, wrapped in suede fabric.
Certified warranty on parchment, confirming the authenticity and the specific number that identifies the gold medal. Signed by the Cardinal Castillo Lara.
Cost: Euro 1150 - change in other currencies,
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P.S. It may not be available, given the small number of my private collection.
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