France – 10 Euro silver coin PROOF, Notre Dame de Paris, 2013

An irrefutable masterpiece of Gothic art, Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris receives more than 13 million visitors a year from around the world. This extraordinary building, with foundations that date back to 1163, has been registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 2013, to celebrate the 850th anniversary of its construction, the cathedral will receive a new set of bells including a bourdon. This anniversary has inspired Monnaie de Paris to pay its own tribute by issuing a coin dedicated to the cathedral.

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Italy – 10 Euro Silver Proof, LUIGI PIRANDELLO, 2013

Luigi Pirandello (1867 – 1936) was an Italian dramatist, novelist, poet and short story writer. Awarded the 1934 Nobel Prize in Literature for his “bold and brilliant renovation of the drama and the stage”. Pirandello’s works include novels, hundreds of short stories, and about 40 plays, some of which are written in Sicilian. Pirandello’s tragic farces are often seen as forerunners for Theatre of the Absurd. Silver coin Ag 925/000, diameter: 34mm, weight: 22g. Limited issue 7,000 coins.

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Italy – Official BU Set 2013 + 2 Euro Giuseppe Verdi 2013

Τhe BU set 2013, containing the 2 Euro “200th Anniversary of the Birth of Giuseppe Verdi”. Mintage 16.000. Giuseppe Verdi is considered one of the most famous composers of all times. He was only 29 when success arrived in 1842 with the Nabucco, which marks the beginning of a long career of triumphs. Rigoletto, Il Trovatore, La Traviata, Otello, Aida are some of his masterpieces, where brilliant creativity and overwhelming technical mastery are combined in an extraordinary way. Continue reading