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Palau 2009 Trevi Fountain of Rome $1 1/25 Ounce .999 Pure Gold Dollar Proof AX

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Rome's famed Trevi Fountain, the Baroque masterpiece by Bernini and the world's most famous fountain, now in pure, proof-finish gold!

Sold out at the Mint! The Trevi Fountain is a famous fountain in the Trevi district in Rome, Italy. Standing 86 feet (26 meters) high and 66 feet (20 meters) wide, it is the largest Baroque fountain in Rome, and one of, if not the, most famous fountains in the world. Now you can own your own, pure gold Trevi Fountain proof (though you won't want to throw it in any fountain, regardless of luck or tradition)!

The majestic, Baroque Trevi Fountain in Rome!The Trevi Fountain's Ancient Origins
A fountain located where the Trevi is now dates to ancient Rome. The fountain at the junction of three roads (in Italian, tre vie) marks the end point of the "modern" Acqua Vergine, the revived Aqua Virgo, one of the ancient aqueducts that supplied water to ancient Rome. In 19 BC (supposedly with the help of a virgin) Roman technicians located a source of pure water some 8 miles (13 km) from the city. (The scene of the spring's location is depicted on the present fountain's façade.) Because of the lay of the land, the eventual indirect route of the construction of the aqueduct made its total length some 14 miles (22 km). The Aqua Virgo aqueduct took the water into the Baths of Agrippa, serving ancient Rome for more than four centuries! Because the Goths and Visigoths destroyed the aqueducts when they besieged Rome, Medieval Romans were reduced to drawing water from polluted wells and the Tiber River, which was also used as a sewer.

The ancient Roman tradition of building an elaborate or ornate fountain at the endpoint of an aqueduct was revived with the Renaissance. In 1453, Pope Nicholas V finished repairs to the Acqua Vergine aqueduct and built a simple basin, designed by the humanist architect Leon Battista Alberti, to constrain the water's arrival.

The backdrop for the fountain is the Palazzo Poli, given a new facade with a giant order of Corinthian pilasters that link the two main stories. The theme of the Trevi Fountain is the Taming of the Waters. Tritons guide the god Oceanus' shell chariot, and tame hippocampi (water horses). In the center, a triumphal arch is superimposed on the palazzo façade. The center niche or exedra that frames Oceanus has free-standing columns that provide maximal light and shade. In the niches flanking Oceanus, the goddess Abundance spills water from her urn while the goddess Good Health holds a cup from which a snake drinks. Above, bas reliefs illustrate the Roman origin of the aqueducts.

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The Tradition of the Coin Toss
The majestic, Baroque Trevi Fountain in Rome!Traditional legend holds that if a visitor to Rome throws a coin into the Trevi Fountain, s/he guarantees himself or herself a return trip to Rome. This was the theme of 1954's Three Coins in the Fountain and the Academy Award-winning song of the same name which introduced the picture.

An estimated 3,000 Euro (about $4,000) worth of coins are thrown into the Trevi Fountain every day! This money has been used to subsidize a food pantry for Rome's poor. Despite these good intentions, however, there are regular attempts to steal coins from the fountain!

The Trevi fountain is the setting for an iconic scene in Federico Fellini's film La Dolce Vita starring Anita Ekberg and Marcello Mastroianni. (The fountain was turned off and draped in black in honor of Mastroianni after the actor's death in 1996.) The fountain was also used for some scenes in the 1953 film Roman Holiday, starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.

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This .9999 fine gold proof features an artistically rendered scene of the Trevi Fountain, with the most minute details expertly reproduced through meticulous engraving!

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Technology Note
This coin is struck in 1/25 troy ounce of 99.9% pure gold!

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The majestic, Baroque Trevi Fountain in Rome illuminated by night!
Country Republic of Palau
Year of Issue 2009
Face Value One Dollar
Weight 1.270 g
Diameter 13.92 mm
Mintage Limit      15,000
Finish Proof
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Gold
Edge Serrated (milled, reeded)
Certificate Not included
Packaging Encapsulated

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