The Augustus of Primaporta (year 1997)
This gold medal of the Vatican was minted in 1997 and is the sixth in the series. Closes the second trilogy inspired by the statues of classical antiquity exposed in the Vatican Museums.
The statue of Augustus Primaporta was discovered in 1863 in the villa of Livia and immediately was placed in the gallery of the New Wing of the Vatican Museums.
Since then it has been the subject of study and inspiration for art and culture.
Augustus, nephew of Julius Caesar, was elected the first emperor of Rome in 23 BC.
Under his reign was accomplished " Pax Augustea" a wonderful time full of peace and prosperity.
The statue is a marble copy of a bronze original, completed after the death of the emperor.
In the "straight" is reproduced the sculpture with the wording "Imperator Caesar Augustus".
In the "reverse" resumed a view of the New Wing of the Gallery with the explanation "Musei Vaticani IV" and "Anno 1997".
Diameter: 35 mm.
Weight: 34 grams in 18K 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: EUR 1150 - change in other currencies,
The Vatican gold medal can be requested by filling in the FORM.
P.S. It may not be available, given the small number of my private collection.
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