"The Genius of Michelangelo" 60 Sterling Silver Art Rounds from Franklin Mint. FRANKLIN MINT ìThe GENIUS OF MICHELANGELOî STERLING SILVER Art Medal Set - COMPLETE In 1976, The Franklin Mint issued a set of sixty 925-Sterling-silver medallions they titled The Genius of Michelangelo. The coins were bound in a leather-like volume with ten coins per page. Each 45mm coin features a design that commemorates a well-known work of art by the great Renaissance master on the obverses.
The reverses have the title of the piece surrounding a geometric web-like design centered on a small bas-relief of Michelangelo's head. The total weight of all sixty coins is approximately 75.5 Troy ounces. Those latter strikes were coated by Franklin Mint to prevent tarnishing, while the first portion were not. Hence, the first 29 items in this set have developed some beautiful toning but those in the latter portion are bright and shiny. All 60 coins are in otherwise great condition.
The leather binder has some wear as would be expected for its age. The thick leatherette-like cardboard pages all turn smoothly with no cracking, and all the coins are securely mounted, ten to a page. The page are titled at the top, and the medallions are arranged in two columns of five rows with the name of the represented artwork and the location of that artwork are listed in the margins to the left and right. PAGE 1: Frescoes from the Sistine Chapel Ceiling 1.
The Creation Of Adam 2. The Gathering of the Waters 6. The Death of Haman 9.The Head of God PAGE 2: Frescoes from the Sistine Chapel Ceiling 11. Creation of the Sun and Moon 12. The Creation of Eve 18. The Forefathers of Christ PAGE 3: The Last Judgment, Other Paintings and Drawings 21. Christ the Judge with Mary 22.
Angels Supporting the Cross 23. The Fall of Phaethon PAGE 4: Sculptures based on Classical Themes 31. Little Satyr of Bacchus 33. Battle of the Centaurs 34.
The Dying Slave PAGE 5: Sculptures of Famous People 41. Brutus PAGE 6: Sculptures of Christ and the Madonna 51. Madonna of the Stairs 53. Head of Child from Bruges Madonna 55. Head of Santo Spirito Crucifix City: State: Date: 1976.Look at others and compare this set. It is very rare to get set with corresponding binder with info on each medal.