This hand-engraved one-kilogram gold coin is a tribute to Leonardo da Vinci and to his masterpiece displayed at the Louvre. To make it come to life, Joaquin Jimenez, the Director of Engraving Creation at Monnaie de Paris, immersed himself in history and in his countless achievements. With only 19 copies minted, it unveils the portrait of Mona Lisa on its obverse. Perfectly reproduced, she is idealized by an ethereal drawing of the well known pyramid, another major symbol of the Louvre museum, which bedecks her like a halo. In the background, the finely chiseled landscape corresponds to the painting’s.
On the reverse, a portrait of Leonardo da Vinci as a scientist and inventor. This exceptional coin, allegory of the creative genius, is presented in a black lacquer case in order to enable its exposure while protecting it. A golden frame, identical to the one of the masterpiece, surrounds its cradle.