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Self-Portrait of Vincent van Gogh

2 oz Pure Silver Coin – Niue Island 2020 5 Dollars

One of the most renowned and respected artists in the world, Vincent van Gogh was a post-Impressionist painter who is heavily credited for laying the foundation and inspiration for much of 20th-centuryWe art. In his lifetime, he had completed more than 2,100 works, consisting of oil paintings, watercolor drawings, and sketches. Some of his most prominent works include “Starry Night”, “Sunflowers” and “The Potato Eaters”. Despite struggling with mental illness and health issues throughout his life, he pursued art and painting with passion and spirit, choosing to devote much of his money and time to art than anything else. Appreciation of his art grew exponentially after his suicide, and he gained posthumous fame and admiration to be considered one of the greatest artists in history.

This collectible is based on a self-portrait painted by van Gogh in September 1889 with oil on pasteboard, while living with his brother Theo van Gogh in Paris. Reimagined in 3D to a true-to-life likeness, a textured backdrop behind his profile is applied, taking inspiration from the original piece of art which features van Gogh’s signature thin and visible brushstrokes. The furrowed brows on his face are a poignant reflection of his difficult life as an artist. On the obverse, the same texture is used as the backdrop for the legal tender of Niue Island, the official effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.

Using a new minting technique called “Bi-Metal Plus”, 11.5 oz of copper is laid between two layers of 999 fine-silver totaling 2oz, resulting in super ultra-high relief. This technique allows the coin to have an incredible weight and feel in the hand, with its 80mm diameter size and silver antiqued finishing.