Description

In 2011 the Italian State Mint and Polygraphic Institute began a coin series entitled Flora and Fauna in Art Masterpieces. A Dual program with a €20 gold coin dedicated to flora or botanical themes, and a €50 gold coin inspired by fauna or zoological themes. The coins would illustrate and celebrate plant and animal life as portrayed in classical art through the ages.

2016 marks the last coin in the 20-euro gold series Flora in Art or Flora Nell Arte. The 2016 Flora in Art coin pays homage to contemporary art and features artistic female figurines adorned with floral decorative pieces. The figures are inspired by frescoes created by Ettore de Maria Bergler, a painter born in Naples, Italy, in 1850. He died in Palermo, Italy, in 1938.

Contemporary art is the art of today, produced in the second half of the 20th century or in the 21st century. Contemporary artists work in a globally influenced, culturally diverse, and technologically advancing world. Their art is a dynamic combination of materials, methods, concepts, and subjects that continue the challenging of boundaries that was already well underway in the 20th century. Diverse and eclectic, contemporary art as a whole is distinguished by the very lack of a uniform, organising principle, ideology, or "-ism". Contemporary art is part of a cultural dialogue that concerns larger contextual frameworks such as personal and cultural identity, family, community, and nationality.

Artist: Annalisa Masini

Obverse

Depicts a detail from "Floralia", a figure seen in a fresco painted by Ettore De Maria Bergler; the piece is exhibited in Villa Igiea Palermo. The head of the female figurine is crowned with a floral wreath. The inscription REPUBBLICA ITALIANA wraps around the upper three-quarters of the figure along the obverse rim.

The name of the coin’s designer, Annalisa Masini, is expressed as A. MASINI just to the right of center under the figure and near the bottom rim.

The Floralia was a festival in ancient Roman religious practice in honor of the goddess Flora, held April 27 during the Republican era, or April 28 in the Julian calendar.

REPUBBLICA ITALIANA
A. MASINI

Reverse

Depicts a highly detailed female figure holding an ornate floral garland and dancing in a field of flowers. This whimsical design feature, inspired by the work of Bergler, is actually a larger interpretation of the same Floralia fresco subject as seen on the obverse of the coin.

The coin’s denomination is expressed as 20 EURO in two horizontal lines on the right center of the coin, behind the dancing subject. To the right of the female figure is the date of the coin, 2016, and the Mint of Rome mintmark, represented by an “R.” The words FLORA NELL ARTE are inscribed along the upper and right sides of the reverse rim; a segment of the garland wreath interrupts the continuation of the phrase between the words FLORA and NELL.

FLORA NELL'ARTE
20
EURO
2016
R

Edge
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Gold
Fineness 0.900
Weight 6.451 g
Diameter 21 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Italian State Mint and Polygraphic Institute (IPZS)

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