20 euro - 700th Anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri: Inferno
Series: Italy - Gold 20 euro coins
Obverse Profile of Dante Alighieri, detail inspired by a painting by Sandro Botticelli (private collection). Around, the inscription “REPUBBLICA ITALIANA” with a star at its end. Reverse Stylised reproduction of Dante’s Inferno with the nine circles described in the Divine Comedy showing the devil’s wings, fire and ice. Within the composition, on the left, detail from Luca Signorelli’s frescoes in the Cathedral of Orvieto. Around, the inscription “E QUINDI USCIMMO A RIVEDER LE STELLE” (“and thence we came forth to see again the stars”), the closing verse of the cantica named Inferno (Hell), encircled by stars; at the centre, the value “5 EURO” and the dates “1321 2021”, the year of Dante’s death and that of the coin’s issue respectively; on the left, “R”, identifying the Mint of Rome; on the right, the name of the designer “MOMONI”.