One of Vincent Van Gogh’s familiar Sunflowers paintings is the first
design selected for a series of collector coins issued by the East
India Company in cooperation with Britain’s National Gallery.
The first issue in the Precious Art Coin Collection was launched
April 22, and according to EIC officials, nearly half of the 500
individual examples of the Prooflike 2014 .999 fine silver coins were
sold at launch.
The reverse of the new coin shows the 1888 painting and commemorates
its exhibition at the National Gallery along with an 1889 Sunflowers
painting from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. That exhibit was open
Jan. 25 through April 27, 2014.
The coin weighs 40 grams. It measures 36 millimeters wide and 38
In total, 500 coins were made available individually from a maximum
mintage of 1,000 pieces. Plans for the balance of 500 coins have not
The Precious Art Coin Collection is an opportunity for admirers of
fine works of art to invest in a unique limited edition coin featuring
a National Gallery reproduction, according to the East India Company.
A second coin in the series is scheduled to be released in June, to
show Hans Holbein the Younger’s The Ambassadors, a 1533
painting known for its significant symbolism of the time, as well as
the anamorphic distortion of a skull.
The final coin in this year’s collection will launch in September to
coincide with the National Gallery’s exhibition Rembrandt: The Finest
Years, which opens Oct. 15 and continues through Jan. 18, 2015.
The obverses of the $5 coins, from Niue Island, carry the Raphael
Maklouf effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.
The National Gallery collaborated with the East India Company to
ensure the colors on the coin match the painting, the issuer said.
The coins are sandwiched in archival quality Perspex and housed in a
wooden case with an individually numbered certificate of authenticity.
The coins retail for £189.95, including value-added tax (about $319 U.S.).
The coins are on sale in London at the East India Company store and
the National Gallery, or online at www.eicgold.com/preciousart.