Italy: Beautiful city of Trento featured on “Italy of the Arts” coin series

Buonconsiglio Castle, Trento, Italy. (Photo by Giovanni Iachello)

The Istituto Poligrafico Zecca della Stato (IPZS) have released (19th September) a new €5 silver Proof coin which is the second of two 2017 coins in the hugely successful series “Italy of the Arts.” The smaller of these two coins for features the beautiful city of Trento—where architecture, art, history, and nature perfectly blend together.

The province of Trento itself lies to the south of the province of Bolzano, coinciding with the geographic-historical area also known as Trentino. The territory is mainly formed by mountains and valleys and possesses amazing landscapes of rare beauty such as the Alps, which in this particular region are known as the Tridentine Alps. The city of Trento was long considered a place rooted in art and history, where the Italian and Mitteleuropean (or Germanic) alpine cultures meet. Unique amongst the Alpine cities, its precious monuments are significant to the City of the Council—an ecumenical council of the Roman Catholic Church in session from 1545 to 1563.

The Buonconsiglio Castle is perhaps its greatest and most important monument, and is composed of several buildings from different ages. The oldest portion of the structure is the Castelvecchio, while the Torre Aquila is famous for its “Cycle of the Months” artwork—a wonderful, late-medieval fresco representing the flow of the seasons.

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The coin is designed by Silvia Petrassi and includes a composition of elements drawn from the Castelvecchio, or “Old Castle.” The first building of the Buonconsiglio Castle in Trento from Augustus Tower features on the obverse, along with the inscriptions REPUBBLICA ITALIANA and 2017—the year of the coin’s issue. Vertically, on the right, is the name of the designer, PETRASSI.

From left to right, vignettes from the panels depicting October, August, and January in the medieval Cycle of the Months fresco in Buonconsiglio Castle. The vignettes were adapted to the coin’s reverse design, below. (Italian Wikipedia photo)

The reverse includes a composition of scenes and decorative details drawn from the Cycle of the Months, which was painted by Master Wenceslas of Bohemia and is preserved in the Torre Aquila (Eagle Tower) of the Buonconsiglio Castle. Above is the inscription ITALIA DELLE ARTI, and in the centre is the value, 5 EURO. The letter R to the right of the denomination identifies the Mint of Rome, and the inscription TRENTO is seen below the primary design.

Denom. Metal Weight Diameter Quality Maximum Mintage
€5 .925 silver  18 g 32 mm Proof  3,000

A larger, €10 silver Proof coin featuring the historic city of Matera is also issued as part of the IPSZ’s 2017-dated collector coin programme. This coin is available directly from the website of the IPZS.

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