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Tuvalu 2010-P Great Classical Music Composers #3 - Robert Schumann 200th Anniversary $1 Pure Silver Dollar Proof

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Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of the brilliant Romantic classical music composer Robert Schumann!

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Classical music has the unparalleled ability to reflect all the moods and emotions of the human soul. Consider the sublime understatement of "Für Elise" and the grandiose majesty of the Ninth Symphony, both composed by Ludwig van Beethoven. And that's just the music; the personal lives of history's musical geniuses have provided the fodder for countless biographies, historical novels, and feature films. Celebrating the lives of five of classical music's greatest composers, this handsome new series of traditionally engraved, frosted cameo pure silver proof collector coins from Australia's Perth Mint continues with the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Robert Schumann's birth.

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A bust portrait of the famous yet tragic German Romantic genius composer Robert Schumann.Robert Schumann
Robert Schumann (June 8, 1810 – July 29, 1856) was a German composer, pianist, and influential music critic. He is one of the most famous and important Romantic composers of the 19th century.

Schumann had hoped to pursue a career as a virtuoso pianist, having been assured by his teacher, Friedrich Wieck, that he could become the finest pianist in Europe after only a few years of study with him. However, when a self-inflicted hand injury prevented those hopes from being realized, he decided to focus his musical energies on composition. Schumann's published compositions were written exclusively for the piano until 1840; he later composed works for piano and orchestra, many lieder (songs for voice and piano), four symphonies, an opera, and other orchestral, choral, and chamber works.

Schumann's personal life was as tumultuous as one would expect from a Romantic composer who was a contemporary of Mendelssohn and Chopin. He became engaged to the 16-year-old, illegitimate daughter of a Czech-born noble, then had to break things off to pursue his relationship with the 15-year-old daughter of his own piano master! This girl, Clara Wieck (a concert pianist in her own right) would become his wife a few years later, and work her entire widowhood to promote her late husband's legacy. Like his other famous, Romantic contemporaries, Schumann would die at a relatively young age. After attempting suicide, he was confined to a mental institution for the final two years of his life, at his own request.

Schumann left an array of acclaimed music in virtually all the forms then known, including four symphonies and an opera. Kinderszenen, Op. 15, completed in 1838, a favorite of Schumann's piano works exquisitely depicts the innocence and playfulness of childhood. The Träumerei, no.7 of the set, is one of the most famous piano pieces ever written, existing in myriad forms and transcriptions, and has been the favorite encore of several great pianists including Vladimir Horowitz. The piece is melodic and deceptively simple, but has been described as "complex" in its harmonic structure. Partly through his protégé Brahms, Schumann's ideals and musical vocabulary became widely disseminated. Composer Sir Edward Elgar called Schumann "my ideal."

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The Robert Schumann Pure Silver Proof is the third in the new Great Classcial Music Composers Series, to be released by the Perth Mint. The complete program comprises:

    Felix Mendelssohn
    Frederic Chopin
    Robert Schumann
    Gustav Mahler
    Franz Liszt
    + Five Coin Display Box

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Robert Schumann Great Composers $1 in boxObverse
A frosted cameo, profile portrait of the composer Robert Schumann, facing right, superimposed on a treble clef and four staves of music notes. The Perth Mint's "P" mint mark is judiciously hidden in the bottom stave of notes. The legend reads ROBERT SCHUMANN 1810-1856.

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Reverse
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, in crowned profile facing right. This portrait, featuring Her Majesty wearing a tiara and pearl drop earrings, was executed by the sculptor Raphael Maklouf. The legend QUEEN ELIZABETH II, the date of issue and denomination also appear.

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Packaging
The coin is encapsulated inside a handsome taupe leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and satin, and protected by a full-color outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

Specifications
Country Tuvalu
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2010
   
Face Value One Dollar
Weight 31.135 g
Diameter 40.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness)   4.00 mm
Mintage Limit    5,000
   
Finish Proof
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Ryan Vanderwiel (obverse)
Raphael Maklouf (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered

The Island Nation of Tuvalu
Tuvalu, formerly known as the Ellice Islands, is a Polynesian island nation located in the Pacific Ocean midway between Hawaii and Australia. Its nearest neighbors are Kiribati, Samoa and Fiji. It is comprised of four reef islands and five true atolls. Its population of 11,992 makes it the third-least populated independent country in the world, with only Vatican City and Nauru having fewer inhabitants. It is also the second-smallest member by population of the United Nations. In terms of physical land size, at just 10 square miles Tuvalu is the fourth smallest country in the world, larger only than the Vatican City, Monaco and Nauru.

The first inhabitants of Tuvalu were Polynesian people, who arrived about 3000 years go. The islands came under Great Britain's sphere of influence in the late 19th century. The Ellice Islands were administered by Britain as part of a protectorate from 1892 to 1916 and as part of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony from 1916 to 1974. In 1974 the Ellice Islanders voted for separate British dependency status as Tuvalu, separating from the Gilbert Islands which became Kiribati upon independence. Tuvalu became fully independent within The Commonwealth in 1978. with Queen Elizabeth II as titular head of state.

Because Tuvalu has few natural resources it has been dependent in recent years upon aid from larger, more developed nations, including Australia, New Zealand and the United States. The Perth Mint of Australia is officially commissioned by the government of Tuvalu to produce legal tender coinage for the island nation.

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