World’s Library · Don Quixote
Coin bar with the most important scenes of the novel.
A masterpiece of numismatic art!
Around 100 well-known authors from 54 countries voted for the “most meaningful book of all time” in a poll organised by editors at the Norwegian Book Clubs in Oslo.
The Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes uses the theme of the idealistic, insane knight and the devoted, down to earth squire Sancho Pansa, to portray many complex themes through a plethora of unforgettable incidents, tragic and comic. The book is unsurpassed as a masterpiece of droll humour and a scintillating portrait of the 16th century Spanish society.
The coin shows the 4 most important scenes of the novel:
- the Spanish Knight Don Quixote, made by reading too many chivalric romances
- Don Quixote and the wineskins
- Sancho and Don Quixote fall in with a group of goatherds
- Don Quixote, his horse Rocinante and his squire Sancho Panza after an unsuccessful attack on a windmill
When first published, Don Quixote was usually interpreted as a comic novel. After the French Revolution it was popular for its central ethic that individuals can be right while society is quite wrong and seen as disenchanting. In the 19th century it was seen as a social commentary, but no one could easily tell “whose side Cervantes was on”.
Ag.999, pure Silver
68 x 52,5mm
Antique finish – patinated
only 400 coins