The Italian State Mint has issued a new silver coin dedicated to composer Gioachino Rossini, who wrote 39 operas during his career and until his retirement in 1829 became the most popular opera composer in history. He is best known for comic operas such as The Barber of Seville and La Cenerntola and French language epics Moïse et Pharaon and Guillaume Tell.
This release is part of the 2014 Europa Coin Programme, which includes releases from participating member countries honoring European composers.
The obverse of the coin features a bust of Gioachino Rossini adapted from a marble sculpture displayed at the International Museum and Library of Bologna. A reproduction of Rossini’s signature appears across the shoulder.
The reverse features a view within the Teatro Rossini with a magpie in flight recalling an allegory of the opera La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie). The Europa Star privy mark appears above. The “2014” date and “10 Euro” denomination appear below.
Each coin is struck in .925 sterling silver with a diameter of 34 mm and weight of 22 grams. The mintage is limited to 6,500 pieces.