Cervantes and Shakespeares Silver Coin
- Denomination: 500 Francs CFA
- Country of Issue: Republic of Cameroon
- Composition: 0.999 Silver
- Weight: 17.50g
- Diameter: 38.61mm
- Finish: Proof
- Mintage: 999
- Box / Coa: Yes / Yes
The commemorative coin “Cervantes and Shakespeare” astounds with intricate decorations. First of all, the portraits of both writers are coated with 24-carat gold. The coin’s obverse features the star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet, whereas its reverse depicts the ingenious gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha. In addition to this, both sides of the collectible are adorned with microprinted fragments of the most famous written works created by both authors
Year 2016 provides a great opportunity to once again explore the literary achievements of two writers who have made an enormous contribution to the world’s literature and cultural heritage. Four hundred years have elapsed since the death of both authors. Miguel de Cervantes passed away on 22 April 1616. His Don Quixote of La Mancha, the knight struggling with windmills, has taken root in the collective imagination of readers all over the world. Simultaneously, William Shakespeare, England’s national poet and playwright, passed on 23 April 1616. His parade of colorful individuals is a timeless gallery of human characters. The anniversary connecting both authors poses a great opportunity to rediscover their remarkable literary achievements.
REVERSE: In the bottom part of the reverse – portrait of William Shakespeare coated with 24-carat gold. In the background – scene featuring Romeo and Juliet (relief), fragment of the first printed edition of the “Romeo and Juliet” (microprinting).
OBVERSE: In the bottom part of the obverse – portrait of Miguel de Cervantes coated with 24-carat gold. In the background – scene featuring the ingenious gentleman Don Quixote (relief), fragment of the manuscript written by Miguel de Cervantes (microprinting).