The perfect stamp and coin tribute, the Leonardo da Vinci Coin Cover features commemoratives issued to celebrate the contributions of renowned Renaissance polymath, Leonardo da Vinci.
The stamp, a BRAND NEW issue from Royal Mail, features Leonardo’s study of a full length figure on a rearing horse. Entitled ‘A design for an equestrian monument’, what has become known as Leonardo's Horse (or Gran Cavallo) was commissioned in 1482 by Duke of Milan Ludovico il Moro, but not completed. It was intended to be the largest equestrian statue in the world, a monument to the duke's father Francesco. Leonardo did extensive preparatory work for it, but produced only a clay model, which was destroyed by French soldiers when they invaded Milan in 1499, interrupting the project.
The coin, an Italian Euro, features one of Leonardo’s most famous works, the Vitruvian Man. Based on the correlations of ideal human body proportions with geometry described by the ancient Roman architect Vitruvius in Book III of his treatise De architectura, Leonardo's drawing is traditionally named in honour of the architect. Significantly, the da Vinci reverse is the first and only design to grace the Italian Euro, since the Euro was introduced in 1999.
Your cover is an international collaboration – fitting, given the far reaching international contributions of Leonardo’s works.
And what’s more, your cover will be officially postmarked by Royal Mail with a special First Day of Issue cancellation – 13 February 2019 – also featuring Leonardo’s Vitruvian Man.
Issued and numbered within the strict edition limit of just 750, this superb joint stamp and coin issue is the ultimate tribute to Leonardo’s life and works.
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Leonardo Da Vinci First Day Coin Cover
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- Actual Size of Cover: 190 x 127mm
- Actual Size of Stamps: 35 x 35mm
- Coin: Italian Da Vinci Euro - Good Circulated
- Postmark: 13/02/19
- Edition limit: 750