2017 Michael The Protecting Angel 1/2oz Silver
Through the ages and across many faiths people have looked to angels for protection. Worshipped by Christians, Jews and Moslems alike, these benevolent but invisible spirits have been widely depicted throughout art history. One of the most famous is Archangel Michael, who features on the fist coin in our talismanic new Heavenly Messengers series (4 coins in total). The reverse of the coin shows a detail adapted from the famous depiction of Saint Michael fighting the dragon, painted on the altar of the church of Saint Miquel de Soriguerola in Catalonia, Spain. The painting, which dates from the end of the 13th century, is credited to an anonymous painter known as Mestre de Soriguerola and can be found today in the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya in Barcelona.
As the leader of the angels, Michael has a particularly devoted following. The leader of the holy legion was the protector of the chosen people of Israel and became patron saint of the Holy Roman Empire after the victorious battle of Lechfeld in 955.
Not only a superbly crafted little pieces of art history our Heavenly Messengers are pocket-sized lucky tokens that will make you feel that someone is watching over you wherever you are.
- Coin Metal: 925 pure silver
- Fine Weight: 15.56g (16.82g total)
- Coin Finish: Proof
- Coin Denomination: 10 Euro
- Year of Issue: 2017
- Coin Mintage: 30,000
- Country of Issue: Austria
- Diameter: 38mm approx
The reverse of the 10 euro silver coin shows a detail adapted from the famous depiction of Saint Michael slaying the dragon, painted on the altar of the church of Saint Miquel de Soriguerola in Catalonia, Spain. The painting, which dates from the end of the 13th century, can be found today in the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya in Barcelona.
The coin’s obverse shows a sword with a waved blade crossed with a set of scales framed inside the letter M. Counting among popular symbols of Michael, these are surrounded by a rich blue grapevine design.
Comes in a case complete with a numbered certificate of authenticity with standard box and packaging for Austrian Mint’s proof coins. We will be getting the 4 coin collectors box for this series with later releases.
Non European Union Buyers
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