Ponte Di Rialto “SOS. Venice – End or Beginning?” 1 oz Silver Coin
The seventh coin from the series “S.O.S. Venice – End or Beginning?” features the Bridge of Sighs, one of most famous landmarks of Venice. Although today couples kiss under its arch while drifting along the Rio di Palazzo canal, the history behind the bridge is not as sentimental as its poetic name would indicate. built in 1614, Ponte dei Sospiri links the Doge’s Palace to the building of the New Prisons. A legend coined by Romantic poets says that the bridge has got its name from the sighs exhaled by the prisoners crossing it, as they caught their last glimpse of beautiful Venice through the stone-barred windows.
Featured in high relief, the image of the bridge frames the cityscape by Canaletto imprinted on the coin’s surface with the use of high-end digital printing.
REVERSE: In the upper part of the reverse – Bridge of Sighs (high relief). In the bottom part – fragment of a cityscape by Canaletto (digital printing), stylized inscription of the painter: Canaletto. Along the rim – name of the coin in Italian: PONTE DEI SOSPIRI.