The Italian Mint commemorates Dante with a coin depicting purgatory

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As part of the celebrations of the 700th anniversary of the death of the Supreme Poet, the Italian State Printing Office and Mint (the Italian Mint) issues the second coin dedicated to the work and figure of Dante Alighieri. Issued on September 14, 2022, by the Ministry of Economy and Financethe piece celebrates the divine comedy and this year is dedicated to Purgatory.

The coin was silver in a Brilliant Uncirculated version, with a face value of 5 euros and a mintage of 6,000 coins.

The second version is a BE coin including gold, with a face value of 20 euros and a mintage of 1,500 coins.

Created by artist Claudia Momonithe coin features the profile of Dante Alighieri on the obverse, the effigy inspired by a work by Sandro Botticelli which is today in a private collection, and in the circle, the legend “ITALIAN REPUBLIC” closed by a star.

On the reverse, a representation of Purgatory surrounded by the sea, the sun and the stars, on which at the top, at the end of the last frame, stand out a wall of fire and the divine Forest; in turn, the verse “PURE AND WILLING TO CLIMB TO THE STARS”, the verse that closes the canticle of Purgatory. On the right, the value “5 EURO”; on the left “R”, identification of the Mint of Rome. Below is the date “2022”, the year of issue of the coin, and the author’s signature “MOMONI”. The presence of colored elements characterizes the silver version.

The description and the availability for the purchase of the coins of the Numismatic Collection 2022 are published on the portal www.shop.ipzs.it.

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