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Andorra 2008 Great Painters - Pierre August Renoir 10 Diners Rectangular Silver Proof with Color

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A coin with incomparable color, light, and beauty makes a perfect homage to the Impressionist master Renoir!

Girls At The Piano, 1892The Mint of Poland (Mennica Polska) is proud to announce the release of a new, low-mintage silver coin issued for the Principality of Andorra. This coin was minted at the historic Warsaw Mint. The rectangular proof reproduces three masterpieces by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, two in full color: Girls at the Piano, from 1892, one of his most stunning and famous works, and a Portrait of Actress Jeanne Samary, from 1877, one of several portraits Renoir painted of her, and finally his self-portrait. In addition to its rectangular shape, the coin also features colorization on both sides.

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Impressionist Master
Pierre-Auguste Renoir was born in 1841 in France, into a working class family. As was typical of these times, he started working as a boy in a factory - but in this case it happened to be a porcelain factory, where his talents in drawing blossomed and he was chosen to paint designs on the china! He was encouraged to attend art school and went to Paris to study in 1862.

Renoir PhotoRenoir began to develop a career as a painter during the hard times surrounding the Franco-Prussian War, and in 1864 fell in with the Paris art community led by Jules Le Couer, which gave him a decade of support and association with other artists and a place to stay on the communal property near Fontainbleau. In 1874, Renoir exhibited six paintings in the first Impressionist exhibition, and later that year exhibited in London as well.

During his lifetime his reputation and popularity grew, and he was a prolific painter, often creating up to 15 paintings in a month. It is estimated that there are over 1000 known works by Renoir from his illustrious career! In his later years, though he developed rheumatoid arthritis he continued to find ways to keep painting, even if it meant having assistants place the brushes in his bandaged hands.

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On The Terrace, 1881A Coin As Beautiful As A Painting
Renoir’s distinctive style is in clear evidence on this new rectangular silver coin, which is struck in sterling (.925 fine) silver with a proof finish. Both sides of the coin attempt to capture, as closely as possible on a numismatic medium, the beauty and color of Renoir's brushes. Renoir's works were typically full of life and vibrant color, often representing quick snapshots of real life, and although he changed directions at times into more classical, disciplined styles, he is best known for his Impressionist work.

In many respects the Renoir silver proof is a tour-de-force statement by the Mint of Poland. The Polish Mint is without a doubt the most technologically advanced in all of Europe, and this coin demonstrates its ultra-modern capabilities. From the rectangular shape to the double-sided colorization using the latest advances in this technology, the mint has truly gone the extra mile for the Renoir coin, making it a fitting commemorative indeed for this master of color and light.

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In addition to its state-of-the-art technology, the Renoir silver proof also serves to emphasize the Mint of Poland’s other well-known calling card, the masterful work of its design and engraving workshop. Form truly follows function to produce a superior design on each side, as these world famous masterpieces by Renoir are not just immediately recognizable, but also near-perfect facsimiles of the originals.

Investment Note
This coin has a total mintage of only 20,000, which is low for such a reasonably-priced silver proof. Taking into account the large size, the ever-popular theme featuring a world-renowned artists and his major masterpieces, the superb colorization, the unusual shape, and the overall beauty of the design, we feel that this is a great buy-and-hold for any numismatic portfolio. Finally, consider the track record of the 2007 Vincent Van Gogh Silver Dollar from Niue, another coin in this series (also minted by the Mint of Poland): it sold out at the mint in about a month and now trades for over $200 in the market.

Portrait of the Actress Jeanne Samary, 1877 Obverse
Pierre-August Renoir regards us from the obverse of the coin, in a reproduction of his self-portrait. The obverse also depicts A Portrait of the Actress Jeanne Samary, painted in 1877, with luscious color tones and a dreamy feel that captures the presence of the original painting. The coat of arms of the Principality of Andorra, the date and denomination also appear.

The reverse features Girls at the Piano, from 1892, one of Renoir's most famous works. This painting is held in the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. His signature, “Pierre August”, his surname, and the dates of his birth and death are also indicated.

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Each coin is encapsulated and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.

Country Principality of Andorra
Year of Issue 2008
Issuing Authority   Servei d'Emissions of Andorra
Minted By Mennica Polska, the Mint of Poland
Face Value 10 Diners
Weight 28.28 g
Size 40 mm x 28 mm
Mintage Limit 20,000
Finish Proof with Color
Composition .925 Fine (Sterling) Silver
Edge Plain 
Artist Robert Kotowicz
Certificate Individually Numbered

The coat of arms of the Principality of AndorraAndorra, officially the Principality of Andorra (in Catalan: Principat d'Andorra), is a small, landlocked country in western Europe, located in the eastern Pyrenees mountains and bordered by Spain and France. Its official language is Catalan, but both French and Spanish are commonly spoken by the approximately 70,000 residents. The capital and largest city is Andorra la Vella.

Once isolated, Andorra is currently a prosperous nation mainly due to tourism and its status as a tax haven. As a mountain state, the country is rugged, with only 2% of Andorran land being arable. The population is currently cited as having the highest human life expectancy on Earth, with an average of 83.5 years at birth.

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