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Niue Island 2008 Great Painters - Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec $1 Rectangular Silver Dollar with Color

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Capture the colors and sights of the Moulin Rouge and the bohemian lifestyle with this artistic gem!

Aristede Bruande at His Cabaret, 1892The Mint of Poland (Mennica Polska) is proud to announce the release of a new, low-mintage silver coin issued for the nation of Niue Island. This coin was minted at the historic Warsaw Mint. The rectangular proof reproduces three masterpieces by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, two in full color: Aristede Bruande at His Cabaret, from 1892, one of his most famous flambouyant portraits, and Jane Avril, from 1893, one of his many portrayals of the dancers of the famed Moulin Rouge, and finally his stylized self-portrait. A photographic-style depiction of the artist is included as well. In addition to its rectangular shape, the coin also features colorization on both sides.

Please see lower on the page for a profile of the island nation of Niue.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Post-Impressionist Master
Henri was born in 1864 to a long-pedigreed aristocratic family, but this was perhaps not as beneficial as it sounds. His parents were also first cousins, and he suffered many illnesses as a child which many people attribute to a history of inbreeding in his family tree. During his life he was often mistaken as a dwarf, but in fact his stature was due to having broken both his legs (one at age 12, the other at 14) and neither bone healing properly, causing him to stop growing in height.

Toulouse-Lautrec photoHis physical hardships pushed him to intense interest in his art, and also to a lifestyle of alcoholism to escape the ridicule of strangers due to his appearance. He fell in with the bohemian crowd in the Montmarte area, center of the many caberats, racetracks, and bordellos that became his favorite haunts, as well as providing the inspiration and topic for much of his art. Henri could often be seen at the clubs, drinking and laughing, all the while sketching away in his breezy style. He would produce many small-scale sketches and line drawings that he would then turn into larger, brightly colored canvasses.

Unfortunately, his poor health (to which his drinking contributed greatly) took its toll, and his career spanned a mere 20 years. Nevertheless, in that time he produced over 6,000 works, from drawings to ceramics to prints to full canvas paintings.

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Jane Avril, 1893A Coin As Stylististic As His Painting
Toulouse-Lautrec'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 flair and color of Henri's work. Toulouse-Lautrec was a master of capturing not only the feel of the nightlife, but also portraying the individualism of people in his crowd scenes, much like a portrait.

In many respects the Toulouse-Lautrec 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 this coin, making it a fitting commemorative indeed for this master of the Post-Impressionist era.

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In addition to its state-of-the-art technology, the Toulouse-Lautrec 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 Toulouse-Lautrec are not just immediately recognizable, but also near-perfect facsimiles of the originals.

Investment Note
This coin has a total mintage of only 15,000, which is low for such a reasonably-priced silver proof. Taking into account the large size, the ever-popular theme featuring a world-renowned artist 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.

The obverse features Aristede Bruande at His Cabaret, a poster from 1892, one of Toulouse-Lautrec's most famous works. A profile portrait of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, titular head of state of Niue, facing left, as well as the denomination and date of issue are also present.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec regards us from the reverse of the coin, in a photo-realistic portrait. The obverse also depicts Jane Avril, painted in 1893, cleverly paired with a self-portrait sketch of the artist at work, making it appear as though he is sketching the dancer as she appears on stage. His signature, his name, 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 Niue Island
Year of Issue 2008
Issuing Authority   Niue Island Monetary Authority
Minted By Mennica Polska, the Mint of Poland
Face Value 1 Dollar
Weight 28.28 g
Size 40 mm x 28 mm
Mintage Limit 15,000
Finish Proof with Color
Composition .925 Fine (Sterling) Silver
Edge Plain 
Artist Robert Kotowicz
Certificate Individually Numbered

Niue is a small island nation in the South Pacific. Although it is completely self-governing and independent, it remains in free association with New Zealand, a member of the British Commonwealth of Nations, hence the portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on its coinage. The country is located about 1,450 miles northeast of New Zealand. It is closest to Samoa, Tonga, and the Cook Islands. It is one of the largest coral islands in the world, with a total area of 260 square kilometers. Niueans are predominantly Polynesian; most are bilingual, speaking both Niuean and English.

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