2 oz Pure Silver Coin – Republique du Tchad 2022 – 10000 Francs CFA
Salvator Mundi has long been at the center of a controversy about whether it is an original or an overpainting. The rendering of Jesus in a blue Renaissance dress is stylistically similar to other works by da Vinci, but it is likely that this painting was done for a specific patron. This painting was likely used for personal devotion for this client and the colors and inclusions in the image are somewhat different than those typically chosen by Leonardo da Vinci. The original painting actually fell apart during restoration and had to be painfully reconstructed before being restored.
This piece is rendered in 3D as a relief sculpture made of 999 Pure Silver with the exact painting printed on top of it. The precise proportions of the original painting are maintained during the minting process. This offers a detailed and beautiful finish that is just as moving as the real painting. The precise colors and subtle shades of the painting are created with ease through this process and the wooden frame surrounding the original is also rendered perfectly in the final product and gold plated. One will be able to see all of the brush strokes and unique colors that were used to make this painting with ease due to the quality rendering of this image. The colors of this painting are not as stark and carefully defined as in most of da Vinci’s works and the careful design process makes sure that these delicate brush strokes are not lost in translation as the piece is created.
The obverse presents an original design depicting a portrait of the artist himself and the theme of this collectible, Salvator Mundi, in a currency note style as the design of the legal tender, featuring the Coat of Arms du Tchad.
On a canvas of 11 x 14.5cm, a new minting technique called “Bi-Metal Max” was applied to give this piece its remarkable weight while keeping its proportions true to the actual painting. This is made possible by combining 33.5 oz of copper as a base with a top painting layer of 2 oz of 999 pure Silver, resulting in a high relief. This is a limited edition of 888 pieces only. Each piece is packaged and delivered with a Certificate verifying its edition number and authenticity.