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The coin set "The Last Supper", first of Giant of Arts series, is strictly limited to only 750 issues. The middle coin with the picture of Jesus Christ is numbered individually. All coins are of the highest mint quality (Proof). The weight is 700g. and dimensions of the entire set are 118 x 367.5 mm. That means that this is the widest commemorative coin in the world!
The Last Supper measures 450 × 870 centimeters (15 feet × 29 ft) and covers the back wall of the dining hall at Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Italy. The theme was a traditional one for refectories, but Leonardo's interpretation gave it much greater realism and depth. The lunettes above the main painting, formed by the triple arched ceiling of the refectory, are painted with Sforza coats-of-arms. The opposite wall of the refectory is covered by the Crucifixion fresco by Giovanni Donato da Montorfano, to which Leonardo added figures of the Sforza family in tempera. (These figures have deteriorated in much the same way as has The Last Supper.) Leonardo began work on The Last Supper in 1495 and completed it in 1498—he did not work on the painting continuously. This beginning date is not certain, as "the archives of the convent have been destroyed and our meagre documents date from 1497 when the painting was nearly finished."
Now the great painting of Leonardo da Vinci “The Last Supper” shines as a valuable set of seven bullion coins of pure .999 silver. The reverse side of each coin shows completely a carefully chosen section of the work. When placed next to each other, the seven bullion coins show the entire Last Supper scene. The state-of-the-art, “Restored Colour Application” colour transfer technology makes it possible to authentically reproduce the original intensity – as it must have been over 500 years ago – of da Vinci’s colours. At the same time, the technology takes account of the current condition of the painting, producing a unique trueness to life that combines both past and present.