Italy, 10 euro silver proof coin dedicated to Gioachino Rossini, belonging to the Europa Star program, this year focusing on European Composers. Gioacchino Rossini is a protagonist of the musical scenario of early 19th century, and one of the most important Italian composers, well-known worldwide for masterpieces, like Il barbiere di Siviglia, La gazza ladra and Guglielmo Tell. As a precocious artist, Rossini composed his first opera at the age of fourteen and made his official debut on the scenes when he was just eighteen. He composed farces, comedies, tragedies and comic operas; his musical genius gave the melodrama a unique and original imprint, leaving a heritage of musical and theatrical language which is still new and up-to-date even more than a century and a half later.
In 1814 Vittorio Emanuele I, King of Piedmont and Sardinia, established the Corps of the Carabinieri Reali, with the task of protecting public order. Since then the Carabinieri, an Italian excellence, have played a special role in the collective imagination of the Italian people, going along with them through all the steps of their national history. Thanks to its centuries-old history, today this Corps is a military and police force with cutting edge methods and technologies, thus representing one of the most appreciated Italian organizations in the world.
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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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
Italian 2 Euro coin 2013 to commemorate the 700th Anniversary of Birth of the Italian writer and poet Giovanni Boccaccio (1313 – 1375).
Giovanni Boccaccio was an Italian author and poet, a friend, student, and correspondent of Petrarch, an important Renaissance humanist and the author of a number of notable works including the Decameron, On Famous Women, and his poetry in the Italian vernacular. Boccaccio is particularly notable for his dialogue, of which it has been said that it surpasses in verisimilitude that of virtually all of his contemporaries, since they were medieval writers and often followed formulaic models for character and plot. Received today!
Italian 2 Euro coin 2013 to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of Birth of the famous Italian composer, Giuseppe Verdi (1813 – 2013).