I’m an Italian coin and medal artist. I love drawing and modeling, and I am constantly on the lookout for Harmony and Beauty in everything around me: from coins to landscapes to my beloved family. I’m from Rome, so I was born and bred into beauty and harmony! My most important aim is to bring them into my designs and sculptures, as in my life and relationships.
Love for art, craft and creativity have always been part of me. But I would have never thought to put my creativity in the numismatic field, before my encounter with the Art School of the Italian mint, an exclusive and ancient school located in Rome. Chiara Principe
By winning the admissions competition as the first in the rankings, a world opened up in front of me. It was a world completely new to me, which slowly became more and more important in my life: the charm and the challenge of communicating art and concepts within a small metal round shaped artwork, brought me closer to the art of money and medal, so much to become my main work, between national and most of all international clients. In these 10 years as a freelancer, my passion, as well as the comparison with artists and colleagues from all over the world, have always encouraged me to continue with tenacity: traveling and keeping me constantly up to date, and challenging myself have enriched my resume much more than any other important commissions. Chiara Principe
A fundamental experience in this regard was the participation in the first Coin Design Forum, held in Shanghai in November 2019. The first great world meeting for designers in this fascinating sector was a more unique than rare opportunity to get in touch with many excellent colleagues from all over the world, and to look together at the future of the art of coin. In this great event I gave a speech on the aesthetics of coin design and the impact of new technologies on it, and I had the honor of attending the jury of the first Shanghai Coin Design Competition. The great emotions and precious lessons I learned from this experience will remain alive in me for a very long time.
MY WAY OF WORKING
I accompany my clients along the entire creative process of the requested product, from the design concept to the realization of the plaster model for the minting, through 4 simple steps:
1) Listening to the client, in order to get to the heart of his wishes and purposes.
2) Studying the chosen theme and the technical characteristics of the product, and development of the first preparatory ideas and sketches
3) Discussing with the customer to define the final design
4) If required, providing a hand-made realization of the plaster model needed for the minting.
If you are a private client, I’m glad to direct you towards the company or mint most suitable for the realization of the project, and to provide some advice until the complete realization of the product.
The client is actively involved in every step and is encouraged to intervene at any time to build together the best result possible.
- 2 Euro commemorative coin – 450° anniversary of Caravaggio’s birth – Vatican City
- 1oz Silver proof coin – Silver Shield
- 5 Euro Silver coin – Football – Republic of San Marino
- 10 Euro copper coin – Art and Faith: Michelangelo’s Pietà – Vatican City
- 50 Euro Gold coin – Acts of the Apostles: Paul, Christ’s witness – Vatican City
- 5 Euro Silver coin – Athletics Championships – Republic of San Marino
- 20 Euro Gold coin – 40 years of San Marino in the WHO– Republic of San Marino
- 3 Oz Silver Coin – Scylla and Charybdis – Powercoin – 20$ Republic of Palau
- 2 Oz Silver Coin – Little match girl – Powercoin – 10$ Republic of Palau
- 1 Oz BU Silver coin – 250th Anniversary of Napoleon on St. Helena – The East India Company
- Philatelic issue dedicated to the 250 years since the birth of L.V. Beethoven
- 50 Euro Gold coin for Pope Francis – “family in the Church” – Vatican City
- Silver set of 5 proof medals dedicated to Finland’s national pillars – Suomen Moneta
- Proof Gold medal dedicated to the House of Estate in Helsinki (2020) – Suomen Moneta
- Obverse for the proof platinum medal dedicated to the Finnish Presidents (2020) – Suomen Moneta
- 3 OZ Silver Coin – Pandora’s Box – Powercoin – 20$ Republic of Palau
- 2 OZ Silver Coin – Little Red Riding Hood – Powercoin – 10$ Republic of Palau
- Stamp dedicated to St. Johan the Baptist de la Salle – Vatican City
- Stamp dedicated to the Apostolic Voyages of the Holy Father Francis in 2018 – Vatican City
- Speaker and member of the artistic jury at the first Shanghai Coin Design Forum & Award
- 10 Euro Gold coin – “The Baptism” – Vatican City
- Annual medal of Pope Francis 2018 (winner of the competition)
- 5 Euro Silver coin – World Day of Peace – Vatican City
- Stamp dedicated to the Apostolic Voyages of the Holy Father Francis in 2016 – Vatican City
- 200 Euro Gold coin – series of The Cardinal Virtues: “Justice” – Vatican City
- 20 Euro Gold coin – Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompei – Vatican City
- 2 Euro commemorative coin – World Meeting of Families – Vatican City
- Philatelic issue dedicated to the 7th World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in 2015 – Vatican City
- 50 Euro Gold coin – Canonisation of Pope John Paul II – Vatican City
- Annual medal of Pope Francis 2014 (winner of the competition)
- Design and model of the new ANOC trophy for the Incheon 2014 Asian Games
- Muscat Royal Opera House silver medallion – GDE Bertoni for the Sultanate of Oman
- Silver “Unity Cross”, minted in 40,000 copies on the Centenary of the foundation of the Schonstatt Fathers
- Design of the philatelic triptych dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the death of Renata Tebaldi – Republic of San Marino
- 10 Euro Silver coin – World Day of Prayer for Vocations – Vatican City
- Wax replica of the Saint Nicholas statuette which was missing in the high-reliefs of the silver altar inside the St. Nicholas Crypt in Bari – collaboration with the workshop C. Usai on its restoration.
- Design of the philatelic issue dedicated to the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan (2 stamps in a sheet) Republic of San Marino
- Design and creation of models for two bronze plaques established as a gift of representation of the Pontifical Council for Culture
- Annual medal of Pope Benedict XVI 2011 (winner of the competition)
- Participation in the exhibition “The splendor of Truth, the beauty of Charity”, tribute of artists to Pope Benedict XVI for the 60th anniversary of his priestly ordination (Vatican City, Atrium Paul VI Audience Hall, July 5 – September 4, 2011) with the exposition of the sketch, the model and the silver medal of the seventh year of pontificate.
- Third place at the “International Coin Design Competition 2007” announced by the Japanese Mint, with the project and model of a medal entitled “Kyoto Protocol”
- Participation in the celebratory exhibition for the centenary of the School of the Art of Medal (1907-2007) at the Vittoriano Complex in Rome, with the exposition of some chalcographic engravings